LAHORE: The Lahore Bar Association (LBA) has called for greater policing at the city’s subordinate courts to halt a rash of vehicle thefts over the last five weeks.
The police said vehicle thefts had actually decreased in the jurisdiction of the police station concerned. They said that if the LBA arranged for a proper parking area for lawyers and visitors to the courts, instead of the current arrangement of parking on the road, there would be few thefts.
Fifteen cars and 10 motorcycles have been stolen from Aiwan-i-Adl and the district and sessions court during the last five weeks. Thirteen cars and seven motorbikes were stolen in September, and the rest in the first week of October.
LBA General Secretary Asad Abbas Zaidi said that vehicle theft cases were increasing day by day at the subordinate courts. He said that the police were “silent spectators” amidst the thefts.
He said that he had met with police high ups including the capital city police officer (CCPO) and expressed the bar’s concerns. He said that the CCPO had summoned the record of Islampura police and the LBA would meet with him again this week.
About parking arrangements at the subordinate courts, he said that it was a big issue and the LBA was working on resolving it. He said that they had met with the district coordination officer and other officials concerned to discuss the matter.
Islampura Deputy Superintendent of Police Shamsul Haq Durrani said that the number of vehicle theft cases had actually declined this year. He said that 76 cars had been reported stolen in the Islampura jurisdiction in 2011, and just 36 so far in 2012.
Asked if the police had busted any major car theft gangs in the vicinity, he said that they had caught some small thieves but no big rackets. He said that there would be little theft if the lawyers arranged for a proper parking area.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 8th, 2012.
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