LAHORE: There has been a marked increase in the crime rate in Lahore thanks to law enforcement efforts over the last three months, said Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Ahmad Raza Tahir on Sunday.
Tahir took charge as the city’s police chief on May 8. In a statement, he said that between May and July, Lahore Police had busted 230 gangs involved in serious crimes and arrested 754 “hardened criminals” wanted in 1,338 cases, including two murders, seven robbery homicides, one kidnapping, 10 dacoities, 528 robberies, 596 thefts, and 194 miscellaneous offences.
The police recovered stolen property worth Rs152 million, including Rs13 million in cash, 106 cars, 235 motorcycles, 673 mobile phones, and more than one kilo and 178 tolas of gold.
They arrested 6,406 proclaimed offenders who were wanted in 215 cases of murder, 132 cases of attempted murder, 209 cases of dacoity, 646 cases of theft, 486 cases of robbery and 4,718 other cases. Another 4,192 people were arrested for absconding from court.
Lahore Police registered 1,545 cases and arrested 1,551 suspects during a campaign against illegal weapons and seized 15 Kalashnikovs, 76 rifles, 345 guns, 1,418 pistols, 128 revolvers, 20 carbines, nine Mousers, 24 daggers, 206 magazines and more than 93,200 bullets.
Also from May to July, the police arrested 3,168 suspects for selling drugs and seized 64kg of heroine, 712kg of hashish, 9kg of opium, 234 intoxicating pills, 311 ‘injections’ and 27,973 bottles of liquor. They also arrested 1,988 people for gambling and confiscated Rs2.8 million from them.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 15th, 2011.