Karachi man pulls off pan shop robbery using police van

Karachi is increasingly vulnerable to street criminals as incidents of robbery persist unchecked. In a recent incident on Thursday, a betel (pan) shop in Karachi’s Gulshan-e-Iqbal 13-D area fell victim to robbers who arrived in a police vehicle.

According to reports, three unidentified men entered the shop at approximately 11 PM, brandishing weapons and swiftly looted the shopkeeper of Rs15,000 in cash along with cigarettes valued at Rs50,000. This brazen act follows a similar incident earlier this month where another Rs7,000 was stolen under similar circumstances.

The affected shopkeeper filed a First Information Report (FIR), detailing how he was coerced into the police vehicle, notably lacking a visible rear Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). Subsequently, he was dropped off at Gulshan-e-Iqbal roundabout after additional Rs10,000 were taken from him.

Law enforcement authorities have responded by initiating investigations and are scrutinizing footage from nearby Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras to identify the perpetrators. This incident is emblematic of a broader trend of escalating street crimes in Karachi, which has already claimed over 70 lives this year alone.

Despite efforts to curb crime, including significant incarcerations in Karachi Central Jail in the early months of 2024, the city’s law and order situation continues to deteriorate. Citizens remain at risk of being targeted, underscoring the urgent need for enhanced security measures to protect Karachi’s populace from criminal activities.

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