RAWALPINDI: Punjab Police inspector (IG) general has expressed concerns at rising crime rate, especially auto and motorcycle theft cases, in Rawalpindi and Jhelum districts.
IG Mushtaq Sukhera have directed Rawalpindi City Police Officer (CPO) Israr Abbasi, Jhelum District Police Officer (DPO) Mujahid Akbar Khan as well as Rawalpindi Regional Police Officer (RPO) Wisal Fakhar Sultan Raja to improve police performance, sources have told Daily Express.
Apart from rising auto-theft, Sukhera said recovery rate in robbery and dacoity cases was unsatisfactory in the two districts.
At a high-level meeting to review police performance, he directed Rawalpindi police to prepare a detailed list of stolen vehicles along with their FIR numbers and hand it over to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police so that stolen vehicles could be recovered. He also directed the two district police chiefs to improve recovery rate in their respective jurisdictions.
The inspector general was briefed that murder cases where suspects were still at large had increased in the Rawalpindi division. The IG noted that recovery rate of stolen vehicles in Rawalpindi district particularly was disappointingly low.
Meanwhile, at least three vehicles and three motorcycles were stolen in different parts of Rawalpindi district on Sunday. The cases took place in the jurisdiction of Civil Lines, Wah Saddar, Sadiqabad and Cantonment police stations.
Unidentified persons stole cash and mobile phones after breaking into a shop in Quaidabad, in the jurisdiction of Pirwadhai Police Stations. Police have registered separate cases.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 15th, 2016.