A protest demonstration was held as the thieves and docaoits have been ruling the roost for the last couple of weeks causing huge losses to the citizens and creating panic across the city.

A number of citizens including journalists, traders, venders and the representative of civil society protested against the poor law and order due to the alleged patronage of police.

Speakers strongly criticised the police for allegedly remaining failed in providing security of the life and property to the local people especially students and business community as they travel daily early morning. They businessmen said that criminals were targeting them, due to which they were feeling unsafe.

They added that the incidents of dacoity, mobile and motorbike snatching were increasing while the perpetrators had not been arrested by the police as they had not yet paid attention to perform their duties.

Imran Bukhari, vice president of Press Club, said that the police had failed to ensure law and order as its performance was unsatisfactory with increasing crime rate.

According to sources, a few days ago, dacoits looted four trucks, 3 rickshaw, 3 Toyota vehicles and one students van besides looting Rs400,000 cash and even books from students. Likewise, five dacoits broke into the shops of main bazaar Karyal Road and link roads. They unlocked the shops with a gas stove.

The civil society members condemned the security laps and rising lawlessness. They demanded strict action against outlaws and corrupt officials of police.  The civil society worker said that police could not arrest dacoits and target killers. “We condemn the poor security situation in Nowshera Virkan . The chief minister of Punjab should take notice against the police,” they said.

The citizens had complained against the lawlessness repeatedly but to no avail.

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