KARACHI: A group of unidentified men robbed nearly half-a-dozen shops in District Malir on Monday. Sindh IG Allah Dino Khowaja took notice of the incident and directed the officials concerned to submit a report of the incident.
Karachi has been witness to robberies at shops in well-known markets in the city and traders and shopkeepers have been deprived of cash and valuables. Most incidents of robberies have occurred in District South in the last six months. The police, however, have yet to locate and arrest the group or groups behind the robberies.
In the latest robbery, a group of unidentified persons looted cash and other valuables from at least six garment and shoe shops at Golden Market in Shamsi Society, Malir which is within the limits of alFalah police station. Police officials said that it has yet to be ascertained whether a single group is behind the robberies or two or more groups are operating in a city.
"The group usually carries out such activities on the weekend," said alFalah SHO Azhar Malik. "The group targeted the shops at midnight this time," he said, adding that the police are currently investigating the case from different angles. He said they are also trying to ascertain whether this robbery is linked to similar robberies earlier in the city.
SHO Malik said that the police were unable to draw sketches of the robbers due to unavailability of any witnesses. He said that according to shopkeepers, cash worth around Rs25,000 was stolen from the six shops. The shopkeepers became aware of the robbery when they arrived at their shops in the morning and found their locks broken.
The shopkeepers then staged a protest against the incident and demanded the immediate arrest of the culprits. IG Khawaja sought a report from East zone DIG Arif Hanif and directed him to investigate the case. A case has been registered and further investigation is under way.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 17th, 2017.
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