The residents of Shalley Valley are in a state of panic created by a gang of thieves, which has been operating in the area for last one month.

The gangsters also attempted a robbery in the house of real aunt of corps commander Rawalpindi but fled when neighbours made a huge noise. The house of SSP (motorway) has also been looted in the same area.

Police despite registration of cases and obtaining CCTV footage of fleeing robbers have failed to trace them.

The residents alleged that Westridge police are hands in glove with gang of robbers. They said that they have decided to knock the door of Regional Police Officer (RPO) Wisal Fakhar Sultan Raja for lodging complaints against the police high-ups of Potohar division and station house officer (SHO) police station Westridge for their failure to arrest robbers.

With the increasing terror among the people, a large number of them have started seeking lockers in the banks to keep their jewellery and other valuables there.

Talking to The Nation on Saturday, wife of Shehzad and her two young daughters residing in house number CB-650 in street 3 said that a gang of five robbers having daggers and pistols in their hands stormed into their house by smashing TV lounge door at 2:15am on May 27, 2015 and locked all the family members in a room. Later, they collected Rs 270,000 cash and 50 tolas of gold.

“One robber kept standing in our room while having a dagger into his hand whereas the four others entered the house of our neighbour SSP Motorway Asim Gulzar,” she said in chocked voice.

She said that she got registered robbery case with PS Westridge but police could not arrest the burglars. “We have not been sleeping properly for the last three nights because of fear and terror,” she said. She said that SSP (operation) and SP Potohar division visited crime scene but did nothing to arrest the robbers so far.

Imran Gulzar, brother of SSP Motorway Asim Gulzar, told this scribe that on the same night a gang of five robbers committed robbery in their house while making him and other family members hostage at gunpoint. He said the robbers stole 28 tolas of gold, Rs 175,000 and other valuables. He added that the robbers also went up the stairs and tried to break the door of house of real aunt of Corps Commander Rawalpindi but could not commit robbery there and ran away.

“I got registered case with PS Westridge but no robber was arrested so far by police,” he said.

Captain (Retd) Ghulam Rasool, 79, house number 333, was of view that four armed robbers entered his house through roof on May 1 at 2:30am and made the entire family members hostage. The robbers looted Rs 108,000, 300 euros, 150 pounds, 8 gold bangles, 3 bracelets, 5 rings, one locket, one 32-bore pistol and three precious mobile phones. “Robbers tortured me upon showing resistance,” he said.

Maj (Retd) Nawaz Kayani, who is neighbour of Shehzad, said that on the night of May 24 a gang of robbers arrived at his house and caught the two servants at gunpoint, asking them to open the drawing room door. However, area people woke up and started aerial firing. Resultantly robbers escaped without looting anything, he said.

A retired brigadier, requesting anonymity, told The Nation that the gang belonged to Peshawar. The robbers have a lot of facilitators in Shally Valley in its suburbs. He urged police to conduct search operation in limits of PS Westridge to purge it of anti-social elements.

SHO PS Westridge Riffat Bhatti, when contacted, said that police have been investigating the house robberies through different angles and would arrest robbers soon.

Meanwhile, four armed robbers stormed into a house at Gulraiz area and looted jewellery, cash and other valuables, sources told The Nation on Saturday.

Police started tracing the robbers after lodging an FIR against them on complaint of the house owner, sources added.

According to sources, a gang of four robbers carrying lethal weapons entered the house of Rana Javed. A police party rushed to the crime scene after Javed contacted Rescue 15.