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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 victims.

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 said.

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 regard.

Resident Officer Professor Zahid Kareem said the university had more than 40 security guards at all main points, underpasses and overhead bridges.

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.
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