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Police make new policy to hunt criminals

Police make new policy to hunt criminals

LAHORE: A massive crackdown on hardened criminals, land mafia and drug dealers under a newly announced policy remained the main agenda of three marathon meetings of Lahore police held here on Saturday.

Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) retired Capt Amin Wains first held a detailed meeting with local members of federal and provincial assemblies to take them on board regarding proposed action against hardened criminals under the newly designated policy.

Next, Deputy Inspector General Haider Ashraf presided over a meeting that was attended by superintendents of police (SPs) and deputy superintendents of police (DSPs).

The CCPO then called a meeting of the top leadership of the city police for the same purpose, which lasted for three hours. DIGs of operations and investigation wings, SPs of all divisions and other senior police officers attended the meeting.

The meeting approved a new policy to hunt down criminals through crackdowns to eliminate all sorts of crime from the provincial capital. Before taking a decision, the meeting was apprised of a new list of organised dens and criminals, dacoits, land grabbers and drug dealers.

“Today, we prepared Lahore police for a new war against hardened criminals,” Mr Wains told Dawn while sharing the outcome of Saturday’s marathon meetings.

He said the new policy was finalised regarding seven aspects -- facilitation centres of terrorists, hardened criminals, organised criminal hideouts, prostitutes, narcotics and gambling dens, land grabbers, illegal weapons and corruption at police station level. Instructions were passed to relevant government departments to register all guesthouses and hotels in the city.

The motto of the new policy is ‘zero tolerance towards any format of crime’, the CCPO said, adding that all operation rooms of city police had been alerted to monitor activities under the new policy.

“Citizens will observe a visible change in Lahore in the coming months with respect to reduction in crime rate,” he added.

He further said a new network of intelligence had also been finalised to fish out high-value facilitators of militant organisations and hardened criminals.

“We have deployed 350 police officials for intelligence duties all over the provincial capital after taking in the loop all intelligence agencies,” he said.

The CCPO has called another grand meeting of field police officials in the next couple of days. Over 600 police officials, including station house officers, heads of investigation wings at police stations and deputy superintendents of police concerned are likely to attend the meeting.

Lists prepared for the arrest of identified criminals has been forwarded to SPs concerned and other relevant sections of the police department, the CCPO added.

Published in Dawn, September 18th, 2016

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