110 criminal cases registered in Kandahar
KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): About 110 cases of various crimes were registered over the past three months in southern Kandahar province, showing a decrease, officials said on Tuesday.
Most of the cases, 40, were robberies, the officials said, claiming security organs had intensified their efforts to prevent crimes and arrest criminals.
But residents of Kandahar City, the provincial capital, said incidents of thefts had increased during the holy month of Ramadan. They rejected any decline in crimes.
Deputy crime branch police chief Col. Mohammad Bashir Rahmani said they had registered 110 cases of crimes during the first three months of the ongoing solar year that begins on March 22.
He said most of the cases were about stealing of motorcycles and vehicles and dozens of people had been arrested and referred to the prosecutor’s office in connection with 83 cases.
Without providing figures, he said the incidents of crimes had decreased during the first three months of the year when compared to the same period last year, thanks to efforts by detective organs.
But residents said robberies had increased during the fasting month. One of them, Mohammad Wais, said it was two days ago when gunmen intercepted him on his way home and snatched his motorcycle at gunpoint.
“I was going home from my work place. Some other people were also on the road. But suddenly two persons appeared on the road and one of them was holding a pistol in his hand. They told me to hand them over the motorcycle if want to be alive.”
He said he quickly informed police about the incident, but since there had been no progress in the case.
Nasrullah, who lives in the city’s third police district, said motorcycle thefts had recently increased in the area and such incidents often took place during night time.
He said not only motorcycles, but cars, mobile phones and other valuable things were being snatched from people at gunpoint and shops looted at night.
He said such incidents often occurred near police posts. He urged security forces increase security during the holy month.
Col. Rahmani also acknowledged robbery incidents increased during last days of Ramadan ahead of Eid.
However, he said security and detective forces had increased their activities to prevent such incidents.
Rahmani said motorcycles and cars were being theft because a majority of them lacked registration number plates. Stealing an unregistered vehicle was easy and recovering it was difficult, he said.
He said car-lifting incidents could decrease if cars were registered and the move would help police in recovering stolen vehicles.
He called people’s liaison with police in combating crimes as crucial and urged them to inform police in-time in order to deny offenders the chance to escape.
A total of 600 criminal cases, including 178 thefts, were registered in Kandahar last year. The other cases included murders, adultery, sexual attacks, violence and others.
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