328 killed in Islamabad and Rawalpindi in 2006
ISLAMABAD: Three hundred twenty-eight people were killed, 889 cars and 653 motorbikes stolen in Rawalpindi and Islamabad in 2006. More than Rs 1 billion in cash and valuables were taken away in robberies. Car snatching was up compared to 2005 when 781 cases of vehicle thefts were reported. Police registered 17,315 cases — 13,000 in Rawalpindi and 4,315 in Islamabad. Forty-seven murders were registered in Rawalpindi’s Westridge Police Station — the highest number of such cases. The largest number of vehicles were reported stolen from the New Town and Waris Khan police precincts.
In Islamabad, most murder complaints were lodged with the Industrial Area police station and 85 cars were reported stolen in Kohsar area. The police claimed that more stolen vehicles were recovered in 2006 than in 2005. Rawalpindi police chief Saud Aziz claimed that 37 percent of the stolen vehicles were recovered, 105 gangs of robbers were busted and stolen goods worth Rs 447 million seized from them. The police also recovered stolen goods worth Rs 90 million. But in Rawalpindi police recovered 75 out of the 620 stolen vehicles.
From Islamabad’s stolen vehicles, most were taken to the Tribal Areas. The cars’ owners could get their vehicles back by striking a deal with the thieves. The Anti Car Lifting Cell recovered only 40 vehicles in the whole year. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Sikandar Hayat expressed dissatisfaction with the performance of this cell, saying that its officers did not take concrete steps to improve their performance. The Rawalpindi traffic police’s management of the city’s traffic was poor. They gave tickets worth 1.4 million to violators.The Islamabad Traffic Police were more successful in keeping the city’s traffic in order and fined violators Rs 75.62 million through 361,833 tickets. staff report.
Source: Daily News