When law-enforcers become hyperactive

Published: December 9, 2010

If the police takes requisite action there is every likelihood that crime rates will fall. PHOTO: REUTERS

A few days ago, I received frantic calls from some people from my village in Kamber-Shahdadkot district, informing me of an attack on the village by bandits.

I was told that not only were the police absent from the village, the SHO was also unwilling to lodge a case against the criminals.

A few victims even travelled to Karachi to meet the Sindh home minister but, despite their best efforts, they were unable to get an appointment, while their complaints with the IGP, home department and CM complaint cell are yet to receive any response from our so-called democratic government.

Incidents of kidnapping for ransom are on the rise in Sindh, especially in Karachi, where there is a street crime galore. No action is taken against gangs and mafias operating in different areas until and unless a ‘VVIP’ – people sitting in power corridors and state agencies – fall prey to their activities.

A recent example of this double standard (if you may call it that) is when a few personnel of law enforcement agencies in Sultanabad were robbed.

The city’s police and law enforcement forces swung into action, became hyperactive and within an hour and a half they mounted raids to apprehend the criminals.

Similarly, people of Dalmia (Gulshan Town) have been complaining for years against Kalu Current – a notorious dacoit and smuggler of the area, who had also been a suspect in many rape cases.

However, as expected, the police and law enforcement agencies never took notice of it, that is, till members of the Kalu Current group mistakenly threw a hand-grenade at a law enforcement agency office while engaged in a conflict with a rival group.

What followed was a cleanup operation and within a few hours Kalu Current, along with five accomplices, was killed by a local paramilitary unit.

If police and law enforcement agencies take similar initiatives for common citizens, there is every likelihood that crime rates will fall and our streets will become safer.

Although the police always fall back on the excuse of not having enough resources or manpower to take action, one fails to understand why this pretext only applies to the lesser mortals.

hafeez.tunio

Hafeez Tunio

A reporter working on the Karachi pages of The Express Tribune. He covers political and environment stories. He says he wants to write on environmental issues, because he loves nature - in spite of what it did to him.

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Talat

    Good post tunio sahab, I wish I could help.Recommend

  • parvez

    Good write up. Facing reality is difficult.
    It appears that the common man will have to be a little devious, more innovative and a bit more brave in order to push the law enforcers to take action against criminals. Your article clearly spells out when action is taken and when it is not.
    I know you will say “easier said than done”, but its a suggestion.Recommend

  • Roohullah Khan

    Its our right to know, why our law enforcing agencies are unable to defend us from dacoity, kidnapping, and pleased to learn Mr. Tunio’s narration on Kalu Current – a notorious dacoit and smuggler of the area, who had also been a suspect in many rape cases etc. Mr. Tunio writes, as expected, the police and law enforcement agencies never took notice of it, that is, till members of the Kalu Current group mistakenly threw a hand-grenade at a law enforcement agency office while engaged in a conflict with a rival group….. and a cleanup operation was made and within a few hours Kalu Current, along with five accomplices, was killed by a local paramilitary unit. If police and law enforcement agencies take similar initiatives for common citizens, there is very likelihood that crime rates will fall and our streets will become safer.

    Now here is a question, why our democratic governments are not interested to mobilize law enforcement agencies….every day people are being kidnapped…Peoples Party is ruling party and its voters are being kidnapped, snatched and robbed…. innocent voters….but I am sure if you ask them they will reply..Zinda Hey BB….and I am sure, those who are kidnapped, robbed and snatched of their valuables, again when election time will come…they will vote for them. Because people are deprived of democracy and such a weaken democracy will prevails until the democratic parties are made democratic…but I fear that time will never come and again their ACTORS/ Producers will produce another spectacle and our rulers will become innocent and peoples sympathies will go with them again.Recommend

  • Raqib Ali

    so true…. Recommend

  • Syed Nadir El-Edroos

    Our police like other state institutions, have continued with the same colonial attitudes, prevalent from pre-independence. That is they were an instrument of control and stifling dissent. The same attitudes have continued and perhaps intensified up to the present day. The police is setup to satisfy the whims of the ruling elite. Public service has never been institutionalized into it. When your salary, employment or potential promotion depends on serving those in power, the system incentivizes meeting the needs of a small set of citizens rather than wider society.Recommend

  • http://howtozed.blogspot.com Zahid

    Nice sharing Hafeez Tunio. Please tell me that how can we post out own post or blog article to Express Tribune? Recommend