LAHORE: Robberies and thefts continued unabated in Lahore as citizens lost cash and valuables worth Rs71.6 million in over 350 bids of robberies and thefts during the first month of the year.
The last week of the month, January 22-28, topped in terms of loss of valuables as citizens were deprived of Rs26.77 million in the period. It was followed by first week, January 1-7, as valuables of over Rs20 million were looted from citizens.
In the second week, January 8-14, citizens lost valuables worth Rs14.096 million. While in the third week, January 15-21, citizens were deprived of valuables worth Rs11.628 million.
Most of these robberies and thefts incidents took place in Iqbal Town division. Valuables worth Rs16.64 million were looted during the period, with Rs2 million in the first week, Rs1.37 million in the second week, Rs700,000 in the third week and Rs12.56 million in the last week.
In Saddar division valuables worth Rs14.76 million were looted during the month with Rs5.5 million in the first week, Rs2 million in the second week, Rs2.48 million in the third week and Rs4.69 million looted in the last week.
While in Model Town division valuables worth Rs 13.23 million were looted with Rs4 million in the first week, Rs3.12 million in the second week, Rs3.19 in the third week and Rs2.92 million in last week of the month.
In Cantonment division, citizens were deprived of valuables worth Rs12.65 million with Rs4.9 million in the first week, Rs3.82 million in the second week, Rs1.84 million in the third week and Rs2.09 million in the last week.
In City division, valuables worth Rs10.09 million were looted from citizens with Rs3.5 million in the first week, Rs2.125 million in the second week, Rs3.19 million in the third week and Rs1.28 million in the last week.
On Friday, police claimed to have arrested 125 suspected members of 48 gangs involved in robberies, thefts, murders and other heinous crimes in the city.
According to police spokesman, investigations police solved 23 cases of murder, one case of robbery-cum-murder, one case of kidnapping for extortion, 59 thefts, 70 armed robberies and 22 cases of vehicle snatching and lifting.
Police also penalised 113 suspects, arrested 382 proclaimed offenders including 90 belonging to category A and 260 court absconders. Police claimed to have recovered cash and valuables worth Rs50 million and handed them over to their respective owners.
Speaking on the occasion, CCPO Amin Wains said Lahore Police would utilise all available resources to eliminate crime from society.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 11th, 2017.
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