70 sacrificial animals stolen amid rampant street crime in Karachi

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A sacrificial goat peeks through the entrance gate of a house ahead of the Eid al-Adha festival in Peshawar, Pakistan on June 28, 2023. — Reuters
A sacrificial goat peeks through the entrance gate of a house ahead of the Eid al-Adha festival in Peshawar, Pakistan on June 28, 2023. — Reuters
  • Criminals roam freely on the roads of Karachi.
  • Stolen animals are mainly cows and goats
  • Videos are going viral of animal thefts on social media.

KARACHI: Although the Karachiites are at risk of robbery all year round, the threat of street crime does not spare them even during the month of Eid ul Adha as they are also robbed of their sacrificial animals.

While the criminals roam free on the roads of this bustling city, about 70 animals have been stolen and bought by the people to sacrifice this Eid. Among the stolen animals are mainly cows and goats, which are apparently relatively easier to steal than camels.

The theft of sacrificial animals was at its height in the city. Social media websites and apps are full of viral videos showing such thefts.

However, a recent video circulating on social media has shocked everyone as the video clip shows an unknown man in Karachi stealing a cow in seconds.

The theft of the sacrificial cow at Federal B Area Ancholi Society was caught on CCTV on June 26. The images show how a man gets out of an expensive car on the street.

He then easily took the sacrificial cow away after untying it within 10 seconds. The man can be seen walking towards the vehicle parked on the corner of the street.

Earlier, such a video circulated on social media showing people caught a man and his family stealing sacrificial goats in Gulshan-e-Iqbal district on June 23.

A man and his family were seen driving through the Block 10-A area of ​​Gulshan-e-Iqbal and stealing sacrificial goats. Some locals saw the man stealing the goats while his family, including women and children, were in the car.

The local residents caught the man and beat him for stealing the sacrificial animals. The mob also seized his vehicle and shattered the windows.

On June 25, unidentified thieves stole more than a dozen valuable sacrificial animals from a cattle ranch near the Super Highway in the Malir Cantonment area.

More than a dozen animals were stolen from Muhammadi Cattle Farm, near Wadi-e-Hussain Graveyard, which is under the jurisdiction of Malir Cantonment Police Station.

According to Malik Shahroze, the owner of the cattle farm, 10 to 12 armed men stormed into his farm early in the morning and attacked a guard and the watchman.

The suspects took the feed worker hostage at gunpoint and stole the precious sacrificial animals, then escaped in a pickup truck. The farm owner said the stolen animals are worth Rs10 million to Rs15 million, adding that the suspects beat his employees after tying them with ropes.

On June 27, a group of unidentified gunmen stole three bulls from a plot in the North Karachi area. The gang burst into the plot and held the watchman at gunpoint. They then escaped with the three sacrificial bulls worth more than Rs 700,000.

A resident named Hasan found his cow after searching for it, but the police were unable to catch the thief.

His cow, which was stolen on June 18, was found two days later via social media. The animal was taken away in a Civic car belonging to a housing company under the jurisdiction of Sharea Faisal Police Station.

The owner of the cow had uploaded the CCTV footage of the theft and asked people to help him find his sacrificial animal. The music video caught the attention of a resident named Suleman, who told Hasan that his cow was in Liaquatabad district.

As more and more residents of Karachi buy their sacrificial animals for the Eid ul Adha festival, thieves in the city are targeting livestock rather than other valuables.

In a month and a half, about 69 goats, cows and bulls are said to have been stolen. The incidents of cattle theft have occurred in North Karachi, Iqbal Market, Frere, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Orangi Town, Sharea Faisal and Federal B Area police jurisdictions.

A case of theft of 40 goats in North Karachi has been registered at Sir Syed police station, according to the police. The FIR of a theft of four cows in Orangi Town on June 17 was registered at Iqbal Market Police Station.

On June 19, a case of theft of five animals was registered in Baloch Goth in Orangi Town. A case of cow theft in Block 10 of Gulshan-e-Iqbal was registered at Sharea Faisal Police Station.

On June 27, Ajmair Nagri Police registered an FIR on the complaint of a guard who was held at gunpoint during the robbery of three bulls.

According to the police, two goats were stolen by cutting the shutter of a shop in Yasinabad town of Azizabad, according to the police. An FIR was also registered at the Frere police station after the theft of an expensive bull. It is believed that some 56 sacrificial animals were stolen in just one month.

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