HAFIZABAD - Taking serious notice of rising incidence of kidnapping for ransom, car snatching, robbery and street crimes and the failure of the district police to arrest the accused involved in these crimes, the Inspectors General of Police has transferred Hafizabad DPO Abdul Rab Chaudhary and Gujranwala Regional Police Officer (RPO) Ahmad Mubarik Ahmad and directed them to report to IGP Office Lahore forthwith.

The business community have expressed their satisfaction over transfer of the DPO because since his posting here, crime ratio surpassed all previous records. During January and February this year, four persons including one of the biggest rice exporters of Pakistan have been abducted and 2 of them were released after payment of huge ransom money but the police have failed to arrest any of the accused.

Moreover, the biggest burglary in the history of Hafizabad was committed in Main Bazaar, from where the organised bandits' gang made off with gold and jewellery worth Rs100 million in January. The bandits remained in the crime scene for more than two hours and also detained scores of pedestrians and watchmen but it is irony of fate that no one from city police station or Rescue-15, which are located at a distance of only 100 yards, noticed the activity of the bandits.

The victim, Haji Nasir, has gone from pillar to post for the recovery of stolen gold. He said that according to eye-witnesses, the bandits had also been in touch with their accomplices during the dacoity on their cell phones but the police have not yet got their cell phone data to investigate the case on scientific lines.

Meanwhile, Liaquat Ali Tarar of Norozpur Village, who was abducted for ransom few days back has succeeded in escaping from the clutches of the abductors from Peshawar on Thursday night. His kidnappers had demanded Rs1.5 million as ransom.

However, Muhammad Yameen Kamboh, son of a rice miller Jameel Kamboh of Sukheke Mandi, who was abducted few days back but has not yet been recovered. His abductors were demanding Rs 50 million, according to victim's father. Business community of the district have demanded transfer of the police officers and post of competent and efficient officers here to check rising trend of crime.

Villager deprived of bike: Three robbers deprived a villager of his bike near Tahli Goraya on Friday. According to police, Haq Nawaz along with his wife was on the way to a nearby village on his bike, when three armed bandits intercepted him and snatched his vehicle at gunpoint. The police have registered a case and started investigation.