Crackdown against criminals in Mardan
PESHAWAR: Setting February 1 as a deadline for the anti–social elements, Regional Police Officer Mardan Syed Akhtar Ali Shah said about 60 special police teams had been constituted to launch a crackdown in Mardan and Charsadda districts. Chairing a high-level meeting at the central police office here Friday, he said that following the directives of NWFP Chief Minister Ameer Haider Hoti, the police planned to initiate an aggressive crackdown on the criminals and outlaws in the districts, which would continue till the achievement of the objectives.
He said during the first phase of the crackdown, the police arrested 4,000 notorious proclaimed offenders, 5,000 armed men, recovered 1,500 Kalashnikov rifles, 800 Kalakov rifles, 2,000 guns, 1,500 rifles, 7,000 pistols and 200,000 cartridges. He said that 280 outlaws, including 10 woman kidnappers, were held and 25 dacoits were killed in encounters, 100 kidnappers including 10 women accused were arrested and 50 abducted persons were freed.
The arms recovered during the crackdown included 15 hand grenades, heavy machinegun, two rocket launchers, three light machineguns, besides drugs including 65 mound hashish, 10 mound heroin and 5,000 bottles of liquor.