Snatching mounts as police join hands with car lifters


Naimat Khan

KARACHI: The crime of snatching has climbed up manifold with decreasing recovery ratio despite the establishment a dedicated department, figures released by the Citizens-Police Liaison Committee (CPLC) and insiders reveal. According to highly credible sources in Sindh police department officials of Anti Car Lifting Cell (ACLC) of Karachi police, instead of bringing the culprits to book, have joined hands with car lifters and department of the excise police for minting money.

A high rank officer on the condition of anonymity told this scribe that instead of handing over the recovered cars, corrupt officers of the ACLC and excise police have started selling them to the insurance companies.

In order to control the menace and bring the culprits to book a dedicated department with name of Anti Car Lifting Cell (ACLC) was setup which in the beginning performed well but the figures released by CPLC shows that the department has completely failed in controlling the car lifting menace.

“When one digs the issue and try to know the causes, the corrupt officers appear culprits who have turned the cell into a money making machine” sources in the ACLC told.

According to details over 3000 dwellers of Karachi have been deprived of their cars in the ongoing year 2014 whereas only 800 cars of them have been recovered and those also with many of valuable parts disappeared, the CPCL states. According to the figures most of the cars had been snatched in the remits of Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Site, Shahra-e-faisal, Firozabad and Freddy police stations.

According to sources, most of the 800 cars were deserted by the car lifters themselves as the cars had been turned into Skeletons with most parts sold of the car lifters. But the “efficient” ACLC officer made them part of their performance, sources added.

Sources said that during the same year 17133 motorcycles have also been snatched of the Karachiites whereas according to the record of ACLC only 1750 could have been recovered, major chunk of which was also left by the lifters themselves after selling the parts.

According to sources the officers of ACLC and Excise police changes the Chassis numbers and then sell the cars to the insurance companies. Despite several attempts no one in ACLC was available for the comments.

The story was originally published here


Author: Naimat

Karachi based journalist, writing on national and international issues.

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