The Investigations and Operations wings and the Crimes Investigation Agency (CIA) of the Lahore police together arrested 3,286 suspects belonging to 804 suspected criminal gangs in 2011, said Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Ahmad Raza Tahir on Saturday.
The Lahore police disposed of 5,166 cases in the year, including nine murder cases, two kidnapping cases, 17 robbery and homicide cases, 75 dacoity cases, 1,848 robbery cases, 2,557 theft and burglary cases and 658 others.
The police recovered stolen property worth more than Rs457 million, including Rs36 million in cash, 345 cars, 884 motorcycles, 2,227 mobile phones, more than four kilos and 73 tolas of gold or gold jewellery, seven vans, eight pick-up trucks, 38 ‘carry dubbas’ (small Suzuki trucks), 46 rickshaws, two Mazda trucks and seven tractors.
The police arrested 22,146 proclaimed offenders in 2011. They were wanted in 691 murder cases, 612 attempted murder cases, 639 dacoity cases, 2,579 theft cases, 1,666 robbery cases and 15,191 others. A total of 13,949 court absconders were also arrested.
In a campaign against illegal weapons, the Lahore police registered 5,455 cases and arrested 5,469 suspects.
They also seized 54 Kalashnikovs, 254 rifles, 622 shotguns, 4,593 pistols, 335 revolvers, 49 carbines, 10 Mausers, 73 daggers, 980 magazines and more than 122,360 bullets.
The Lahore police registered 10,413 drugs cases and arrested 10,850 suspects in possession of 339 kilos of heroine, 1,502 kg of hashish, 432 kg of opium, 755 pills, 2,119 injections and 68,755 bottles of liquor.
They also arrested 8,799 people for gambling and confiscated Rs12.6 million from them.
The police chief said that a Quick Response Force had been set up to combat serious crimes including terrorism and appealed to citizens to remain alert and inform the police of any suspicious activities or people at Emergency Control 15, Qurban Control 99200269, or Traffic Control 99201910.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 1st, 2012.