RAWALPINDI - No letup in the looting spree in Rawalpindi Division as robbers, dacoits and car-jackers deprived citizens of cash, gold ornaments, electronic appliances, mobile phones, prize bonds worth thousands of rupees, motorcycles and cars in different strikes, informed sources on Tuesday.Such a swift raise in crime rate in the Division has created a sense of insecurity among the citizens, who have appealed Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif and Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) Punjab Khan Baig to take notice of this situation.According to details, unknown robbers entered into a house owned by Shahida Iftikhar, wife of Lt Col (late) Iftikhar Ali, located at Shaheed Officers Colony, within the limits of Police Station (PS) Civil Lines, by smashing the locks and made off with Rs 90,000 cash, prize bonds worth Rs 85,000, 2 laptops, saving certificates and a pistol.The local police filed a case on the complaint of victim lady and started investigation.Muhammad, one Iqbal, resident of National Housing Society, told PS Saddar Berooni officials that unidentified burglars mugged from the house of his daughter 2 gold bangles, 1 necklace set, Rs 4,50,000, a digital camera and prize bonds of Rs 25,000.In Nazirabad, the precinct of PS Airport, unknown intruders made their way into the house of one Muhammad Nawaz by breaking the locks in the owner’s absence and looted 12 tolas of gold ornaments, Rs 1, 25,000 cash, 2 gold bracelets, 15 pares of shoes, laptop and dish antenna receiver.Another citizen Shaukat Ali lodged a complaint with PS Chontra that he was working with one Shahid as caretaker of his lands along with two other servants. He said that the two servants stolen a tractor trolley, fridge, microwave oven, 2 cows, 2 mattresses, 2 TVs and 2 electric motors and run way.One Faqeer Hussain of Borgi Bhains told PS Gujar Khan that unknown robbers stolen two electric motors from his house.Three robbers snatched mobile phone, wallet containing Rs 27,000 and ATM card at gunpoint at Rawal Road.The victim Muhammad Ali Khan told Waris Khan police that he was parking his car on Rawal Road when three young men riding a motorcycle appeared from somewhere and pointed pistols at him. Later, they snatched his wallet, mobile phone and ATM card and fled from the scene.On Girja Road, the area of PS Saddar Berooni, a robber also snatched purse from a lady and made off. According to Afsheen Faisal, the resident of Chak Jalal Din, she was heading towards her home when a man namely Ikram, hailing from Kashmir, snatched her purse containing 2 mobile phones, Rs 8,000 cash, 2 saving certificates valuing Rs 2,00,000 and ATM cards.Kamran Rizvi filed an application with PS Civil Line mentioning that he was sitting in his office when four unidentified persons came and held him hostage on gunpoint. The dacoits later looted 6 LCDs, 2 laptops, 7 mobile phones and Rs 10,000 cash and internet device and fled from the scene.Car thieves lifted a motorcycle (RLL-5466) owned by Raja Iqbal from Nawaz Sharif Park, controlled by PS New Town while motorcycle (RIM-7307) of Saif-ur-Rehman was also snatched by unknown vehicle lifters from Wah Cantt. The police took up the cases on the complaints of the victims and started investigation with no arrest of recovery so far.

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