Increase in street crimes in Karachi, 11 thousand incidents in a month and a half

Looting has increased in Karachi, the capital of Pakistan's Sindh province, and it has become difficult for law enforcement agencies to control street crime.

Increase in street crimes in Karachi, 11 thousand incidents in a month and a half

Claims were made to increase security after a local journalist was killed by robbers a day earlier, and the next day, robbers looted the Korangi Causeway area of ​​Karachi, snatching mobile phones, cash and jewelery from dozens of citizens. gone.

According to eyewitnesses, the gunmen also insulted the women. Taking note of the incident, SSP Korangi suspended the SHO of the concerned police station.

The law and order situation in the city of Karachi is deteriorating once again. Despite the change of command of Karachi police, criminals are still active. The incidents of looting and snatching in the city are increasing with each passing day. All areas of the city have become easy targets for those involved in street crime.

According to the data released by the police and data collected from other sources, in the first month and a half of this year, 11,000 promises have been made in Karachi. Thirteen civilians were killed and 80 were injured in the clashes. Three thousand mobile phones have been snatched from the citizens.

Incidents of street crime are being reported daily from the covered areas of Karachi to the red zone. People coming to Pakistan from abroad are also targeted by street robbers. Police personnel have also been found involved in several incidents. Airport police have recently arrested a gang of robbers from abroad.

According to the information provided by Malir police, along with the arrested SSU officer, other police personnel were also involved in the incident. Money looted from citizens and digital cameras have been recovered from the possession of the arrested accused while further investigation is being carried out on the accused.

Former CPLC chief Ahmed Chennai says street crime in Karachi was high before but now the element of violence has increased.

"Earlier, shootings and killings were avoided by the robbers, now those who come for the incident come under the influence of drugs and do not refrain from killing anyone."

According to him, inflation and unemployment also play a role in rising street crimes but this cannot be justified.

"At this point, all stakeholders have to sit together and come up with a plan of action for an immediate solution to this problem."

Citizens say that seven districts of Karachi are currently in the grip of unrest. Muhammad Furqan is a resident of South District, Karachi. He says his residence is in the most sensitive area of ​​Karachi, the Red Zone. Extraordinary security measures are claimed here, but they have twice been looted from the area at gunpoint.

According to Mohammad Furqan, II Chandragar Road is a busy highway, yet the morale of the robbers is so high that they can easily escape by looting in broad daylight.

The number of incidents in the first two and a half months of this year is alarming, according to the last three-year record. According to the data provided by the police, in the year 2019, 44 people were killed while resisting robbery while 282 people were injured.

 Thus, in the year 2020, 51 people were killed and 332 people were injured and in the year 2021, 72 people were killed and 445 people were injured. So far in the first month and a half of this year, 13 people have been killed and 80 injured in resistance to robbery.

Transfers of senior police officers in Karachi have also not been effective in curbing crime. Ghulam Nabi Memon has been posted as Additional IG.

According to the Karachi Police spokesperson, the Additional IG Karachi in its first meeting had given orders to formulate an effective strategy against street crime and drug trafficking. With the appointment of a new police officer, there has been no reduction in street crime in the city.

On the other hand, according to the eyewitness account of the incident at Korangi Causeway, Karachi, armed men for 20 to 25 minutes not only snatched mobile phones, cash from the people riding on rickshaws and motorbikes, but also snatched jewelery from women and with them. Also insulted.

Armed men easily looted and escaped from those trapped in the traffic jam. He said there were law enforcement checkpoints on both sides of the causeway, but armed men looted and fled.

Dr Naima Saeed, affiliated with the Department of Criminology, Karachi University, said that after the 18th amendment, law and order was the responsibility of the provincial government.

The Chief Minister of Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah also holds the portfolio of Provincial Home Department, so the responsibility of protection of life and property of the citizens falls on the Chief Minister of Sindh.

He said that not only the police and other law enforcement agencies would have to play an effective role in curbing crime but also provide a positive environment and better employment opportunities to the youth.

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