Cattle Rustling

Traditionally, cattle rustling (theft) is one of the general crime of the district. Previously, cattle rustlers were committing cattle theft by foot or by using horses. "Khoji" (foot-tracker) was the main man who used to assist the Police in detecting the criminals by using the criminal’s foot-prints and patterns. "Thekri-pehra" (volunteer village watchmen) used to work as an effective strategy for prevention of this crime. Now times have changed. Cattle rustlers are mostly armed with lethal weapons. Mostly, they steal but sometimes they snatch on gun-point and take the victims along as a hostage. Cattle rustler gangs are ever changing and they enlist criminals from far and wide, like districts of Province Sindh. In District Rajanpur, incidents of cattle theft mostly occur near Sindh river belt. The extensive networks of river provide an excellent mobility for transporting the stolen cattle through river. With the changing method of crime, the strategy of the Police is changing as well.