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Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Karachi DSP becomes target of street snatching

The idea of a DSP getting robbed at gunpoint has raised alarm and a deepening sense of insecurity in Karachi.

In alarming news, Karachi’s Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) was robbed at gunpoint by four men in two motorcycles.

According to the details, the Karachi DSP was on his way home from a bank when he was chased by the robbers. The robbers held the Karachi DSP at gunpoint and snatched Rs 800,000 and two mobile phones. Important to note, the police have obtained CCTV footage of the incident and launched an investigation.

The idea of a DSP getting robbed at gunpoint has raised alarm and a deepening sense of insecurity in Karachi – a city that has always been a victim of street crime. Karachi has recently witnessed a sharp increase in reports of snatching and armed robbery.

Every other day CCTV footage of citizens getting robbed are being shared on social media. According to a report issued by Citizens-Police Liaison Committee (CPLC), Karachi witnessed an increase in the number of street crime incidents during the past nine months – from January 2022 to mid-September 2022.

Read more: Sindh police launch Shaheen Force to fight street crime

A total of 71 people have been killed and almost 300 people sustained injuries during street crimes in the city in the past eight months. Almost 12 citizens lost their lives over resistance in different parts of the city in September.

Karachi police in denial?

On the other hand, Sindh police have said that some people are campaigning against police by sharing fake videos of street crime and spreading terror among people.

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) said in a statement that most of the videos are from other cities and are being circulated under Karachi’s name to spread terror among people.

The SSP said that they would identify people spreading terror through fake videos and take strict action against them.

Meanwhile, Karachi police chief Jawed Alam Odho Friday, in a media talk at the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industries (KCCI), denied that crime was rising in the metropolis.

He said there is more crime in Lahore and other cities, but the people of Karachi are kicking themselves in the gut.

Read more: Robber kills newly-married man in Karachi in a tragic incident