Dark deeds on the streets of Rawalpindi

*Police refuse to give up on fight against crimes despite complaints

RAWALPINDI: Who can fail to praise the “magnificent” work of the Rawalpindi police, after the new statistics show that the crime is at its highest level since the beginning of 2014. If anyone is a criminal in the city, he/she can be rest assured that the police would ignore him/her.The number of street crimes has risen this year. And this is all because of the poor performance of the Rawalpindi police. Fraud has soared by 27 percent. Bike theft, car theft, abduction for ransom, robberies, burglaries, purse and mobile-snatching, drug peddling and liquor selling, illegal distilleries and gambling dens also saw phenomenal increase. Overall, the crime ratio has gone up by nine percent. “Indifference of police is having a devastating impact on the confidence and well-being of the crime victims. Moreover, many criminal’s activities escalate each time they get away with it so the police is sending out a very dangerous message,” say the worried citizens. Contrary to the media reports, the police claims that the crime now is at its lowest level. “The critics should congratulate us as we are doing more with fewer resources. They should acknowledge that the police force have been coping with reduced resources, but have responded by working more smartly,” says Firaq Hussain, a police officer at the SP office. “What you are finding is that a greater percentage is on the security front, 250 policemen are being trained at the Rawalpindi Police Lines, to boost their capacity to tackle the likely crisis on August 14. No-go areas are also being demolished. The search operations are continuing. Despite security deployment, the police are working better, working smarter, and spending more time on the streets, which is where people want to see them,” the police official said. The police would not allow the criminals to get the upper hand,” he added.“I want the entire city’s police crimes diary to be reviewed on weekly basis amid concerns officers are deliberately changing statistics. The review should examine the claims that why the police officers recorded fewer serious offences than the crimes that had actually been reported,” says, Mehdi Hasan, the son of a deceased DSP living at Saidpur Road. “Part of the study should be to see whether the crimes have been under-counted. Theft is usually recorded as a loss of property, violence with injury as common assault, and burglary classified as theft. Even though there is no evidence of substantial under-recording of crime but it is justifiable to evaluate the problems,” Mehdi added.“Complaints abound that some police officers get people to confess to crimes they have not committed in order to boost clear-up rates. The figures are critical to a whole range of decisions that the police officers must make. Information is the oxygen of accountability and the information must be sound,” Mehdi said. “Although I do not have any evidence to suggest that under-counting is happening substantially at the moment, I think it is fair that we review the issue, particularly in view of public anxiety that there may be something wrong,” said Moharram Ali, a retired professor from Gordon College. A police officer, on condition of anonymity, said, “Almost half of the reported crimes are written by the police, fuelling fears that the victims are being ignored. In some offence categories, as many as eight in ten reports are screened out,” he said.a

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