TOBA TEK SINGH - The police failed to trace the dacoits who looted a departmental store owned by local politician Ghiasuddin Janbaz here the other night. As per detail, shopkeeper was closing the store when two dacoits entered the store in the guise of customer and purchased some items. Later they pulled out a Kalashnikov and a revolver from a bag and took Asif Ghias, son of Ghiasuddin Janbaz hostage. They took Asif to the backside of store and snatched cash amounting to Rs60,000, cellphone cards, a cellphone and many other daily-use items and fled the scene on a bike, told senior journalist Arif Ghias, brother of Asif Ghias.–Reporters

Meanwhile, City Police SHO Jamshed Nasir Chishti reached the spot and cordoned off the area but the police could not trace the culprit.It is to be noted that street robberies and snatching incidents are on the rise for the last one year but the police failed to chalk out any strategy to check the crime.