LAHORE – After sharp increase in the incidents of crimes particularly armed robberies, the residents here in the City have started doing a sensational job by capturing the robbers at their own. Ironically, the local residents are putting their lives in danger while encountering the bandits.
They nab the bandits and hand them over to the police for investigations, no matter the police would release the criminals after accepting some bribe.
In an interesting incident, the residents and private security officials in Eden Avenue Extension housing society planned to capture the bandits alive, following two major house robberies in the locality. A couple a days ago, robbers broke into a house situated in Eden Avenue Extension and escape after collecting cash and valuables worth Rs two million. The next day, the burglars again forced their entry into another house and took away cash, gold ornaments and other valuables worth Rs 2.5 million. The consecutive robberies not only raised an alarm in the area but also frightened residents, putting a question mark on the security arrangements in posh residential area.
Later, the private security officials and the residents implemented a plan to capture the robbers. They deployed private security guards of the Eden Avenue Extension on different identified locations during the night while some of them were put on alert on the rooftops of the nearby residences. As the lights were switched off and the long-spell of load-shedding began, three robbers stormed into the Eden Avenue Extension by scaling the boundary wall from the adjacent housing society.
As per the plan, the residents and security guards challenged the bandits and managed to capture on them. However, another two, taking advantage of the darkness, managed to escape from the scene. The locals immediately contacted the police and handed over the ‘big-fish’ to the police. The policemen took the robber to the Nadir Aabad police post, where they interrogated him. The accused not only confessed to various house burglaries but also disclosed the names of his accomplices to the police investigators. The police later managed to capture the two bandits who were at large. Police sources revealed that the robbers are influential and belonged to well-to-do families while they used to commit house robberies just for the sake fun.
However, the residents were caught by surprise when they were told by the policemen that they were considering release of two of the arrested bandits. They strongly protested against the police working and demanded the authorities to take strict notice of the police corruption and help them recover the stolen valuables worth Rs 4.5 million.
When contacted, Station House Officer (SHO) South Cantonment, Mian Liaqat confirmed the arrests and said that the accused are being handed over to investigations wing for further interrogation. “I have also told the Investigation Officer that he will be held responsible if the accused are released or given favour,” Mian Liaqat added.
SSP (investigations) Abdul Razzaq Cheema, when contacted, said that he would himself look into the matter and the investigations would be done on merit.