Increased theft and mobile-snatching at PU
LAHORE, July 2(Daily Times): Cell phone snatching,
mugging and motorcycle theft cases are increasing in and around the hostels of
Punjab University (PU).
Gangs of teenage boys armed with pistols operate
in various parts of the university from early evening till late at night. These
criminals snatch mobile sets, handbags, watches or whatever they find on their
However, according to university authorities, no body has
complained to the police.
On Saturday, a student named Sohail Sheikh was
deprived of his cell phone and satchel on gunpoint in broad daylight. He was
crossing the overhead bridge at PU. Sohail said that there was not a
single guard on duty at the time.
Naila Khan, a post-graduate student and
resident of girls' hostel No 5 said that motorcyclists had snatched
her cell phone in front of her hostel. "This is shameful for the university
administration that girls are being robbed at the hostels," Naila Khan
In another incident, masked motorcyclists robbed Ahsan Rasheed, a
student of the Institute of Administrative Sciences as he was returning to his
hostel after shopping. Ahsan said that the robbers had taken his
cell phone, cash and shopping bags.
Last month, Naseer Ahmed, a
post-graduate student had his motorcycle stolen from a parking area in the
university. Naseer said the authorities had not taken action in this
Resident Officer Professor Zahid Kareem said the university had
more than 40 security guards at all main points, underpasses and overhead
He said last Sunday they had caught a man trying to steal the
lights and electric wires from the underpass. PU Public Relations Officer Iqbal
Khalil said that the university had a vast area and criminals were hiding within
the residents or visitors.
Students affected by crimes on campus demanded
authorities concerned to increase security and take proper measures to protect
students' lives and valuables.