CH EJAZ MEHMOOD MINCHINABAD-The citizens especially traders held a protest demonstration as the law and order situation in Minchinabad is going from bad to worse with rising number of robberies and dacoities.

They said that police bosses rely only on tall claims of curbing the crime and tightening noose around criminals, and demanded immediate action against outlaws. Meanwhile, the police refused to file cases, rather threatened the victims to stop raising voice against outlaws.

Last Sunday, four robbery incidents took place in Minchinabad city. In the first incident, three gunmen broke in the house of Allah Ditta at Basti Tibba Araian. They beat up one of the residents on resistance and looted cash, gold and silver ornaments, mobiles, clothes and other valuables worth Rs200,000. In the second incident, some three bandits entered the house of Sakhi Muhammad. They made off with Rs600,00 in cash, gold ornaments weighing 1 tola, silver weighing 8 tolas and precious clothes by scaling boundary wall.

The targeted house is just at a stone’s throw from the first victim’s house. Later, the outlaws again forced their entry into the house of a second victim’s neighbour Yaseen and forcibly snatched gold earrings from his daughter’s ears causing serious injuries.

In the fourth incident, burglars barged into the house of Imran adjacent to the third victim’s house and stole his seven goats. However, the police have not only refused to register FIRs.

On April 16, thieves looted four shops in Main Bazaar Minchinabad and decamped with the cash and valuables. They targeted three general stores and a tea stall at Abu Bakar Chowk. The thieves entered the shops from rooftops and broke the doors of stairs leading to the rooftop to gain entry into the shops. The shopkeepers claimed that the thieves stole Rs4,000 from the tea stall, Rs30,000 and some precious products from Javed General store, Rs10,000 from Abu Bakar General Store and Rs80,000 from Nasrullah General Store while police have not register a case.

The next day, a gang looted an old woman, Mehar Begam, 60, resident of Canal Rest House Minchinabad in broad daylight and decamped with the cash and her gold earrings on Sunday.

A gang of three robbers looted Rs0.5 million from a trader namely Zakir Paracha in front of a local bank. The culprits held the staff at gunpoint and made off with Rs0.5 million on May 2. Continuing their ‘looting spree’, the same gangsters in front of Civil Court Minchinabad looted another trader namely Ashraf.

The gang then sped away with the booty of Rs0.2 million. The gangsters, equipped with sophisticated weapons, were so daring and confident that they didn’t even think that they were committing heinous crime in the busy area of the locality, victim Ashraf told The Nation. No clue of the robbers has been found even after the passage of a week.

The Anjuman-i-Tajiran Minchinabad and other trader associations took out a protest rally against the police for their failure to control law and order situation. They demanded the police administration to arrest the criminals otherwise they will announce a complete shutdown strike in the city.

On May 8 and 10, thieves and burglars struck at six different places and made off with vehicles and valuables. The city police remained clueless and remained failed in tracing out and arresting the accused in all above dacoity and theft incidents. The residents told the media person that they were repeatedly visiting the police station but the police were reluctant to register cases.