KARACHI: The sale of toy guns has been banned in Karachi for two months, said a notification issued by the provincial home department on Friday.
The request for the ban was sent by Karachi Commissioner Ejaz Ahmed Khan, who said toy guns were being used by robbers in street crime. Moreover, he said, the object was a bad influence on children.
The ban has been imposed under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code.
The letter was written by the commissioner to the government that forwarded the request to the home department.
In 2015, the Sindh Assembly had passed a resolution that banned the manufacturing and sale of toy guns.
The resolution was presented by Muttahida Qaumi Movement MPA Saifuddin Khalid and was supported by all the members of the house. However, such bans have yielded no results in the past, and toy guns continue to be made and sold across the province.
In Ramazan every year, street crime in the city increases by 10 percent to 20 percent and every year snatchers change their ways of robbing people.
According to DIG CIA Dr Jameel, most of the snatchers stop people by asking for any address or simply asking what time it is, following which they rob unassuming people and flee.
This year snatchers have introduced a new method for mugging citizens.
According to a Geo News report, DIG Jameel said that nowadays assailants on motorcycles stop cars by saying to the driver that petrol or water is leaking from their car’s tank. When the driver stops his vehicle, the ready-to-strike snatchers rob the family sitting in the car.
According to the Citizens-Police Liaison Committee, in the five months of 2017, 12,371 mobile phones were snatched and stolen. In January, 2,622 mobile phones were stolen/snatched, while 2,329 people lost their mobile phones at gunpoint.
In March, the graph of snatchings did not come down, as 2,436 people were looted. In April, 2,650 mobile phones were snatched, while in May, 2,334 people were mugged.
The snatching trend in Karachi is not going down by the looks of it. According to DIG CIA Dr Jameel, due to the ongoing Karachi operation, criminals who were involved in big crimes such as murder, bank robbery, car snatching etc. are now focusing on street crime.
The DIG said that street criminals strike traffic jams to rob people so that police could not easily intervene and interrupt the criminals.
There are also spots where street criminals are quite active. According to other senior police officers, more than 50 points have been identified as hotspots which include Hasan Square, Disco Bakery, Aladin Park, Nipa, Dalmia Road and Millennium Mall in Gulshan-e-Iqbal, and the Baloch Colony flyover.
Citizens express their concern about street crime, saying that the police have identified the spots and that several gangs are busted regularly, but the ratio of street crime is not decreasing.