Our Staff Reporter

SIALKOT

There has been a sharp rise in motorcycle snatching and theft incidents in two police circles namely Sialkot City and Daska police circles over the past ten months, raising question mark in the performance of the police.

People are feeling insecure while travelling on motorcycles in the areas falling in the jurisdiction of these two police circles, which cover most of the urban areas of both Sialkot and Daska cities.

According to the official police statistics, the police have registered 42 cases of motorcycle snatching and 278 cases of motorcycles thefts in Sialkot City police circle over the past ten months. Police challaned 191 cases and arrested 53 accused in motorcycles snatching cases and arrested 301 accused in motorcycles theft cases in both the circles.

In Daska police circle, the police have registered 29 cases of motorcycles’ snatching and 83 cases of motorcycles theft during the past ten months. Police traced out 162 culprits and arrested 85 accused in motorcycles snatching and 38 accused in motorcycles stealing.

Local social, business, religious and political circles have expressed grave concern over the rising incidents of motorcycles’ snatching and theft in both Sialkot and Daska cities. They pointed out that the poor system or patrolling could be the main reason behind the rising incidents.

They said that travelling on motorcycles was lying risky and unsafe in almost all the urban areas of both Sialkot and Daska cities.

They regretted that it seemed that both the Sialkot and Daska cities had been gripped by motorcycles’ snatchers and lifters.

A prominent human rights activist Advocate Shahid Mir (President Sialkot District Bar Association DBA) expressed grave concern over this alarming situation. He urged Punjab Inspector General of Police Mushtaq Sukhera, Regional Police Officer (RPO) Gujranwala Region Syed Dilawar Hussain and Sialkot DPO Muhammad Gohar Nafees to ensure effective practical steps to control the rising incidents of motorcycles’ snatching and theft in district.