The last five months have seen a considerable decrease in crime across Punjab, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Habibur Rehman said on Tuesday.
Addressing the RPO conference at Central Police Office, Rehman said that kidnapping for ransom incidents had been controlled by undertaking a strategy in katcha areas next to Dera Ghazi Khan.
“The same strategy is being implemented in Lahore,” he said.
Rehman was informed that police had submitted challans in 194 murder cases, including 20 cases of blind murder over five months.
Challans in 16 cases of kidnapping for ransom, 9 cases of robbery-cum-murder, 71 cases of robbery and 696 cases of theft were submitted in courts by police.
He was told that police has arrested 389 members of 108 gangs and traced at least 1,145 cases to them. Cash and property worth Rs130 million were recovered from them.
Police also arrested 6,985 proclaimed offenders (POs) and 2,705 court absconders (CAs). One thousand six hundred and forty five recovered vehicles were returned to their owners.
Police officials decided to re-name the RPO Conference to the Provincial Law and Order Conference which would be held regularly. It was decided to restore old designations of police posts.
DIG Zulifqar Cheema was instructed to prepare examinations for the police recruitment exam.
The job quota for female candidates in the police department was increased from 10 per cent to 15 per cent. RPOs and DPOs were directed to personally visit crime scenes when the rape of a minor girl was reported.
It was decided that only a DPO would be empowered to change investigation officers at the first stage, RPOs to change at the second stage and the IGP on the third stage. Attendees decided to request the chief minister to increase the police budget for the fiscal year 2012-13.
Published In The Express Tribune, June 13th, 2012.
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