Vigilante justice: Robber caught red handed beaten up by citizens

Made to write confession.

Owais Jafri July 08, 2013
Citizens made him submit in writing and mention the areas he and his accomplices had robbed people in. PHOTO: FILE


A man caught red handed robbing another was beaten up by citizens here on Monday.

While his accomplice fled, the robber was forced to confess to all the robberies he had committed. Citizens made him submit in writing and mention the areas he and his accomplices had robbed people in. He was later handed over to the police.

Some of the citizens later told The Express Tribune that they had made the robber write his confession so that the police could not free him later.

Muhammad Zaman, one of the citizens who beat the robber, said two men chased him shortly after he left a bank from where he had transacted Rs200,000. He said when he got suspicious about the two motorcyclists, and called his cousins who had businesses at a nearby market.

He said he told them to come to Vehari Square in Shah Rukne Aalam Colony and also bring along some other shopkeepers.

He said as soon as he stopped at the square, the two motorcyclists went close to him and demanded that he surrender the cash and his mobile phone.

He said his cousins and several other men also arrived at the scene. On seeing the men, he said, the robbers tried to flee.

One of them fled, but the second was caught and beaten up.

Police said the men dragged the robbers on the road. They made him write down all the robberies he had committed and later made him draw lines on the road with his nose for every robbery.

Someone informed police, but the citizens refused to hand him over to them saying that they did not trust the police.  They later handed him over to the police on a condition that his accomplices, too, would be arrested in 24 hours.

The robber was taken to a hospital, from where he was then taken to the police station.

‘CIA police’ loot house

Also in the same area, four men looted a house that had entered pretending to be CIA police officals.

Police said the robbers took Rs500,000 and more than 65 grams of gold jewellery from the house of Muhammad Yousuf, a real estate contractor.

Police said they had started the investigations and obtained CCTV footage from a camera installed at the house. They said the robbers had come in two cars.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 9th, 2013.

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