KARACHI - Thieves proved to be smarter than the law-enforcement agencies, as they looted valuables and cash from a highly sensitive area, completely cordoned off for Muharram processions.

Over a dozen shops of city's historical Empress Market were looted on Monday. It is pointed out here that the Karachi Police has sealed almost every exit and entrance to the Ashura procession route with shipping containers and buses, and since the Empress Market too lies on procession’s route, police have sealed it too. But despite that, thieves somehow managed to enter the market on the night between Sunday and Monday and broke the locks of around dozen shops.

The incident has created a feeling of insecurity among shopkeepers of the area. Preedy Police have detained two guards of the market, but no case had been filed till the filing of this news. Preedy SHO Aurangzeb Khattak confirmed the news and said since the market was sealed, so no one had entered from outside and there is a possibility that guards might have broken the locks and stolen the goods. "We have arrested two guards, including Dunya Gul and Arsalan Khan, who both have said that thieves tied them with the ropes, but we doubt their defence so we are investigating the incident," said Khattak.

IGP Sindh Allah Dino Khawaja has also taken notice of the incident and asked the DIG South to conduct an inquiry into the incident.