Another ride-hailing service driver Sajawal Ameer has been murdered on Monday night around 10:35 pm in Pindi. The commuter had asked Ameer to drop him to Lakho, which is a less populated area and where driver was shot dead by passenger. This incidence took place near Naseerabad police station.
According to Naseerabad Station House Officer (SHO) Chaudhry Akhtar, the victim, Ameer, had picked up a ride from banquet hall Dewan-e-Khas in Pindi late on Monday night.
The passenger attempted to snatch his car at gunpoint, when Ameer refused to surrender, the robbers shot him five times and then ran away with the driver’s belongings cash, mobile phones and car.
A Police official informed that the victim was then taken to a hospital, where he couldn’t bear the injuries and died in the early hours of Tuesday.
The suspects tried to take away the car, but the vehicle had a tracker installed, which shut down its engine, after which they abandoned the car nearby and fled.
The car has been recovered and a case has been registered against unidentified persons.
A senior police officer said they had collected data from the ride-hailing service and are investigating the case. He said though possible but it is not yet confirmed whether the same people who booked the ride killed the young man. The Police officer said, it is also yet not known how many people were involved in the snatching-murder incident, as no eyewitness statement had been recorded so far.
SHO reiterated that as area was uninhibited and there were no eyewitnesses of the incidence. Ameer hailed from Bhakkar district and worked as a Careem captain in twin cities, Police officer added.
While Cab Company has also issued a statement, “We appeal to authorities to take strict notice of these incidents and enhance efforts to drastically improve the safety of citizens.”
“We will vehemently take this case up through legal channels. Due compensation will also be given to the family. Most importantly, we will urge lawmakers to take note of this declining security situation in Islamabad and immediately take serious steps to improve the situation,” the statement went on to add.
This is the second incident of a Careem captain’s murder in recent weeks. Earlier, 26-year-old Careem Captain Junaid Mustafa was shot dead and his car taken away by a man who had booked the ride on February 22 in Islamabad. The suspect was nabbed two days later.