Crackdown on beggars, ordered drug addicts
LAHORE: Punjab Police Inspector General Shoaib Dastagir has ordered the launching of the crackdown on mafias and drug addicts. Action must be taken against professional beggars in collaboration with Child Protection Bureau teams throughout the province, IG Punjab said.
The IGP is directed to initiate a crackdown on professional beggars and drug addicts and said that swift action must be taken against professional beggars in all districts in the province. Notification in this case has been sent to CCPO Lahore, all RPOs, CPOs and DPOs and has been emphasized by IG Punjab that timely action in collaboration with the child protection bureau team must be taken against beggars who exploit children to beg on the street. whereas there should be no delay in taking action against drug addicts who seize commodities from citizens on the pretext of unemployed workers and unemployed people. The IG directed regional and district police officers that beggars and drug addicts on the street cause problems for citizens, therefore, they do not deserve punishment relief; therefore, special measures must be taken against them. In addition, he said troop patrol hours must be made more effective and reports regarding actions taken against beggars and addicts must be sent to the central police station every day. Meanwhile, according to the orders of the Punjab Police Inspector General Shoaib Dastagir, the crackdown on hoarding and violation of locking orders after the Corona pandemic continued.
As of March 16, 11,153 cases that violated Section 144 and 263 cases that were stockpiled have been registered. In accordance with IGP directives, police teams in all districts strictly ensure the implementation of instructions issued by the Punjab government so that valuable citizens’ lives can be saved. The police formed 1,490 pickets since March 16 in which 87,935 heavy vehicles and 194,698 motorbikes were inspected. Regarding this police picket, among 424,999 residents, 268,894 people have been released due to warnings. Surety bonds were taken from 19,205 citizens, while those in violation of Article 144, 11,153 FIR were registered and 19,464 residents were arrested and of them 9,909 were released on bail while action was taken against 2,030 shops and 259 restaurants. Likewise, 263 cases were registered against landfill and legal action was taken against 309 while 235 defendants were arrested and 105 were released on bail. For 23 days, the police team provided awareness to 78,973 residents and helped 82,844 residents.
In addition, 1,490 pickets have been established in the province where 6,361 vehicles and 14,570 motorbikes are inspected. Of the 29,844 residents examined on picket, 18,655 residents have been released due to warnings. Surety bonds have been taken from 1,500 residents; 1,045 suspects were arrested while 289 were bailed out. Collectively, 679 FIRs have been registered in which 1,401 defendants are nominated while action has been taken against 90 shops and 33 restaurants. Likewise, during the 24-hour action against hoarding, five cases were registered and action taken against seven defendants. The police team provided awareness about 6,342 residents and provided assistance to 2,897 residents.
IG Punjab Shoaib Dastagir stressed on the regional and district police chiefs to speed up actions against lawbreakers and direct action against those who did not follow government orders and submit their reports to the Central police station every day.
DIG: A delegation of religious scholars from various schools of thought, the Shab-e-West program management and Peace Committee members requested Operation DIG Rai Rai Babar Saeed in his office on Wednesday. SSP operation Muhammad Naveed, ADCG Amir Shafique, officers from the District Government and the Police department were also present. The delegation discussed matters and issues related to the spread of coronaviruses and the suspension of Shab-e-Barat’s collective religious activities in Masajid this year.
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