Rawalpindi: Crackdown on fake palmists
RAWALPINDI: A crackdown has been launched against fake palmists accused of robbing people, police officials told Daily Times on Friday.
They said several complaints had been lodged against palmists who fooled people into paying fees with claims to bring good luck. They also said people had complained that some palmists were also involved in drug trafficking and kidnapping.
The police have formed a special team to address public complaints and trace the culprits, the statement said. The team members will visit palmists on roads, bus stands, and crowded markets, masquerading as their clients, and arrest those found deceiving people.
These palmists have established themselves at the Porri Pul, Fawara Chowk, Committee Chowk, Pirwadhai, Faizabad, and Sawan bus stands.
One palmist told Daily Times that there were some black sheep in the business who deceived people. He said fake palmists bribed police on a monthly basis at Pirwadhai bus stand, making it difficult to take action against them. He said life for palmists was getting tougher as few people still have faith in their knowledge in this modern age. He said the government should help the palmists financially instead of launching crackdowns against them.
An educated palmist said professional palmists could never think of looting people, as they were always on a quest for knowledge.
A senior police official said that police would not disturb professional palmists, but would take action only against those who are engaging in malpractice.
He said palmists should lodge complaints against police officials if they asked for bribes, and that people should cooperate with the police to trace the culprits.
He said the police had arrested 10 palmists initially, some of whom had been released after they had been identified.
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