RAWALPINDI  - As the Eid-ul-Fitar is drawing nearer rush has increased in markets and pickpocketers taking the advantage of situation have also accelerated their activities.  According to shopkeepers, almost three to four citizens complain of pick pocketing daily in Raja Bazar, Satellite Town, Saddar and other shopping centres of the city who are deprived of cash and valuables.

As per tradition in the last days of Ramazan people especially women in large numbers visit to markets to buy dresses, bangles and other things for Eid day.

Due to their normal businesses and jobs as well as hot weather condition, people often choose evening timing for shopping purpose. At the same time there is load shedding after every hour giving a golden opportunity to the pick pocketers.

Taking the advantage of darkness and sudden breakdown of power pick pocketers and burglars deprive citizen of cash and other precious valuables. The citizens expressing concerns over the crime rate have demanded for proper security particularly at shopping malls.

Meanwhile, a refurbished and equipped with the latest security gadgets Gakhar Plaza reopen for Eid shopping in Saddar Bazaar.

A great rush was witnessed in all the big and small shopping malls of the city.

The shopkeepers have decorated their shops to attract the customers on the occasion of Eid. Gakhar Plaza, one of the major shopping centres which was burnt to ashes by raging fire in 2008 which is situated in the busiest place of Saddar. Owner of the Plaza Raja Shahid Zafar told APP that the shopping centre was being fully rebuilt, to avoid recurrence of such incident in future.