Lahore Police busted 353 gangs, arrested 1,143 “hardened criminals” wanted in at least 2,016 cases, and recovered stolen property worth Rs214 million in the last five months, said a press release from Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Ahmed Raza Tahir.
It said that 16,182 proclaimed offenders and court absconders had been arrested in the same period. At a meeting, Tahir was told that the arrested people were wanted for four cases of murder, one of kidnapping for ransom, nine of robbery and murder, 16 of dacoity, 770 of robbery, 913 of theft and burglary and 303 miscellaneous cases.
The recovered property included more than Rs16 million in cash, 146 cars, seven “wagons”, four pick-up trucks, one Mazda truck, 15 Bolan vans, five tractors, 12 rickshaws, 350 motorcycles, 884 mobile phones, and gold.
The police arrested 9,838 proclaimed offenders in the last five months, said the press release.
They were wanted in 302 murder cases, 229 attempted murder, 314 dacoity, 1,086 theft, 724 robbery and 7,183 other cases. A total of 6,344 court absconders were arrested in this period.
The Lahore Police registered 2,375 cases and arrested 2,384 suspects in a campaign against unlicensed weapons and confiscated 21 Kalashnikovs, 115 rifles, 401 guns, 2,066 pistols, 166 revolvers, 29 carbines, nine Mousers, 43 daggers, 254 magazines and more than 98,700 bullets.
In the last five months, the police arrested 4,476 suspected drug dealers and seized 93 kg of heroine, nine kg of opium, 606 kg of charas, 264 kg of hashish [the press release listed them separately], 316 ‘intoxicating pills’, 424 injections and 37,801 bottles of liquor. Some 3,416 gamblers were also arrested and Rs4.75 million in cash seized from them.
At the meeting, Tahir said that the Lahore Police was determined to eliminate crime from the provincial metropolis and praised officers and jawans for their “strenuous efforts”.
The city police chief directed the force to prioritise action against drug dealers.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 9th, 2011.