ISLAMABAD: The police have arrested as many as 5,680 criminals so far this year, including 915 absconders and recovered valuables worth more than Rs412.8 million from them, a police spokesman said on Sunday.

Police officials had accelerated efforts to trace theft as well as burglary cases in the capital. As a result, officials said they had arrested 404 suspects involved in 225 cases of robbery and recovered stolen valuables worth Rs35 million from them including gold ornaments, cell phones and cash.

Moreover, investigations into 5,238 cases were completed and challans were submitted to the relevant courts. A total of 301 theft cases were solved with the arrest of 472 robbers and valuables worth over Rs88.2 million were recovered from them. Moreover, 117 vehicles worth Rs104 million were recovered from 90 car lifters involved in 129 cases while 102 bike lifters involved in 81 cases were arrested and 72 motorbikes worth Rs4.5 million were recovered from them. Police also arrested 109 suspects for their alleged involvement in 137 cases of tampering with vehicles and recovered 140 vehicles from the possession worth Rs181 million.

During a special crackdown against absconders, police said they had arrested 426 proclaimed offenders and 489 court absconders.  The proclaimed offenders caught were wanted by police in various criminal cases including murder, attempted murder, theft and snatching valuables.

Police also apprehended 684 suspects for possessing illegal weapons and recovered 39 Kalashnikovs, 631 pistols and 56,288 rounds of ammunition from them.

A total of 897 suspects were held for possessing narcotics and liquor while 799 cases were registered against them. As much as 217.53 kilogrammes of hashish, 33.26 kgs of heroin and 16,417 liquor bottles were recovered from them.

In a crackdown against “immoral activities”, the police said they had arrested 208 men and 252 women and booked them in 81 cases.

As many as 145 search operations were conducted across the city with support from law enforcement agencies. At least 582 suspects were held during these operations.

During the same period, legal action was taken against 6,583 professional beggars while 14 murder cases were also solved and 27 alleged killers were arrested.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 3rd, 2018.