Lahore: Police crack down on Afghans living illegally in city
LAHORE: The city police have arrested 12 beggars and several illegal Afghans, who are illegally living in the city in the last 15 days, Daily Times learnt on Wednesday. Following directions of the inspector general of police, the police launched a crackdown against beggars.
The police officials said the directions were forwarded after the involvement of a beggar in the Rawalpindi blast about three weeks ago. Initially, the Military Police and city police started a joint operation against beggars in Cantonment and then they expanded the operation across the city. The arrested beggars include Kamran, Syed Noor, Nasir Ali and Iqbal. Women, minors and elderly beggars have been sent to Edhi Home, Gulberg. EDHI Home official Muhammad Jan said the police had handed over four female beggars. He refused to give more details and names of the female beggars. Capital City Police Officer Malik Muhammad Iqbal said they had started the crackdown to enhance security. He said the beggars would be dealt in accordance with law and cases would be registered against male beggars who were not handicapped. DIG Investigations Tasadduq Hussain said the city police had interrogated a number of Afghans. A police source said the police had busted several beggars and Afghans after the Naval War College blasts.
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