Three unidentified robbers stormed into a jewellery shop in Dheri Hassanabad on Saturday and made off with 400 grams of gold worth over Rs2.1 million, the Civil Lines police said.
The police rushed to the scene after being informed and recorded the statements of the victims. A case was registered but no arrests had been made till the filing of this report.
According to Civil Lines Police SHO Raja Shakeel, three armed robbers walked into Al-Rahman Jewellers on Main Dheri Hassanabad Road at around 2:30pm, when the security guard was having lunch.
The robbers held the staff hostage at gunpoint and started looting gold ornaments weighing roughly 6kg from the shop, he said, adding that when the staff raised hue and cry, the robbers got flustered and escaped, taking with them just 400 grams of gold.
During the scuffle, the robbers also injured the security guard by hitting him in the head with gun butts, Shakeel said.
While fleeing, the robbers started firing at local shopkeepers who had gathered outside the jewellery shop, injuring a hardware shop owner, Raja Basharat. He narrowly avoided serious injury, as the bullet grazed his ear.
The SHO said “several police raiding teams” have been constituted and tasked with catching the robbers.
The robbery created unrest among local traders, who demanded that CPO Azhar Hameed Khokher immediately bring the robbers to justice and provide the market with better security.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 23rd, 2012.
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