NWFP saw more crime in 2003
By Ghafar Ali
PESHAWAR: Law and order in North West Frontier Province (NWFP) grew worse in 2003, with 2,132 people murdered and 2,863 injured in various parts of the province.
According to statistics collected by the Police Department, kidnapping cases were on the increase and 155 people were abducted, however, most of them were freed after paying a ransom. A further 335 women were also abducted into forced marriages.
45 dacoity cases, 864 theft cases and 112 cases of robbery were reported to the police, while 206 cases of car theft were also reported. A total of 696 people died in different traffic accidents and 2,120 were injured, the statistics said.
In 2003, Peshawar District was the most violent with seven policemen killed, 46 people kidnapped and 1,627 people involved in heinous crimes who were on the lam. Further, the percentage of recovered stolen goods dropped to 12 per cent from 71 percent during the preceding year.
Statistics showed that during the last 12 months, 350 murders and 559 murder attempts cases were registered with the police as compared to 460 the previous year. Similarly, 82 vehicles were stolen and 33 cars were snatched at gunpoint from Peshawar district in 2003.
During 2003, the police confiscated 422 AK-47 rifles, 68 Kalashinkovs, 249 rifles, 388 shot guns, 2,157 pistols, 131 hand grenades, 6 rocket launchers, 86,256 cartridges, 4,202 kilograms of cannabis, 28 kilograms of heroin, 31 kilograms of opium and 6,794 litres of alcohol, statistics said.
Two men caught carrying body in a sack: Police arrested two people red-handed as they were throwing the dead body of a woman in a canal in Faqirabad on Thursday.
Faqirabad Police said that early Thursday morning two police constables were on routine duty in the area when they saw two people carrying a box and a sack on their shoulders in Afghan Colony. When the policemen signalled them to stop, they threw away the box and sack and fled. The policemen found the dead body of a woman inside the sack. Police chased the accused and arrested them. The accused were identified as Mirwas and Abdus Shakoor. Both men are Afghans and presently residing in Afghan Colony in Faqirabad.