Islamabad B-17 left on the mercy of armed robbers

Rehmat Mehsud

ISLAMABAD: Armed gunmen on Saturday evening barged into a house of a retired Commissioner Abdullah Khan Mehsud in B-17 sector, making family members hostage at gunpoint and taken away cash and other valuables worth Rs. 0.4 million.

Talking to this scribe, Mehsud said he received a phone call from his house situated in E-sector soon after he left his house to attend a dinner with his relative.

“I returned halfway and as soon as I reached home in the evening, I found my family members were locked up in a room and the dacoits robbed them of cash, gold, laptops, tablets and other valuables,” he added.

The tragic aspect of the whole episode, he said was that when he approached the nearest police station in Taxila, the police officer on duty said that the B-17 area though is in close proximity with Taxila doesn’t fall within his jurisdiction.

“The police official at the Taxila police station told me to approach a police station in Islamabad and lodge complaint there,” he recalled.

He said when he approached the Islamabad police he was stunned when he was told that B-17 doesn’t fall within the jurisdiction of Islamabad police.

He said this was the second robbery attempt at B-17 in two months and the residents of the area virtually live in a lawless area of the federal capital.

“All the dwellers of B-17 have decided to hold a meeting tomorrow (Monday) to work out a joint strategy to deal with the situation and the closure of the main Taxila GT road is one of the options,” he said.

He said they would employ all options to ensure security of the area because the Taxila as well as the Islamabad police are not ready to take security responsibility of the area.

He expressed grave concern that theft cases are on the rise in his area, which is a big question mark on the role of police.

The incidents of burglary, robbery, snatching and vehicle theft showed an upward trend during 2018 in the B-17 area. Last month despite tall claims of police regarding a number of initiatives taken to control the rising crime ratio in the metropolis, a similar burglary incident took place in B-17 depriving a family worth millions of rupees.

According to data gathered by media, various police stations of the city registered cases of theft, which include robbery, burglary and snatching at gunpoint.

Mehsud said that the Islamabad district administration should decide whether B-17 falls within the federal capital jurisdiction or otherwise.

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