Rawalpindi - A shopkeeper shot and injured one of four dacoits on Khana Road within limits of Sadiqabad Police Station who stormed into his mobile shop and made off with cash, sources and police informed yesterday. However, they said, the fleeing dacoits managed to take their injured accomplice along with them on a motorcycle they had snatched from a passerby.  

The sources said the dacoits walked in the mobile shop of Yasir located at Khana Road at 1:30pm on two motorcycles and pointed guns at him and looted Rs206,000 and run away. In the meanwhile, Yasir, the shopkeeper, opened firing at the fleeing robbers from behind and a bullet hit a dacoit who fell down from the motorcycle. They added the other dacoit left his motorcycle and picked up the injured accomplice. They said the dacoit snatched a motorcycle from another citizen and managed escape with injured accomplice.

Police reached the crime scene on complaint of the victim shop owner and started investigation. The citizen, whom the dacoit snatched his motorcycle, also lodged complaint with police, sources said.

When contacted SI Amanat Ali, investigation officer, said police are investigating the incident after receiving complaints from the victims. He said fleeing dacoits could not be traced so far. “We will register case against the dacoits soon,” he said.

On the other hand, a dacoity case has been registered against another gang of four dacoits who snatched gold ornaments and cash from a car riding family within limits of Police Station Civil Line. Nonetheless, police are still clueless about the dacoits, who intercepted the family at gunpoint in the middle of the road in broad daylight.

Station House Officer (SHO) Chaudhry Raffique told The Nation police have started hunt for the dacoits after registering a case against them. He said the data of a motorcycle used by the dacoits found bogus as per record of Islamabad Excise office. Several teams have been constituted to arrest the dacoits, he said.

On the other hand, the rising street crimes have spread wave of panic among the citizens who have been expressing concerned over performance of police.

Amir Ghani, a local of Dheri Chowk, said the occurrence of daylight dacoity incident had made them scared. He said he had asked his family not to visit bazaars and to remain indoor due to increasing street crimes. Jamil Mughal, another citizen, said his university going sister was in state of shock after hearing the dacoity incident. They appealed to RPO and CPO to provide the citizens with security and to take action against criminal gangs.