Mianwali: ANF seizes hugecontrabands despite meagre resources
MIANWALI: The Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) claimed to have recovered 900kg charas, 55kg opium, 8kg heroin, 4,000 bottles of imported liquor, 45 Kalashnikovs, five repeater guns, 40,000 bullets, 14 snatched cars and 13 motorcycles from January 1 to May 31.
In addition, the ANF has registered 13 cases and arrested 50 drug traffickers and car-lifters, including two women. The ANF consists of 15 constables and a sub-inspector working as the SHO. They have only one old vehicle. On the other hand, the Punjab police have registered 253 cases of narcotics besides 406 other cases in all the 18 police stations of the district during the abovementioned period. They could only recover 32kg charas, 2.075kg opium, 1.232kg heroin and 1,991 bottles of liquor besides arresting 255 people under the Drug Act while 443 accused in other crimes.
As compared to the ANF, the local police have numerous facilities. They have 1,576 policemen, including SSP/DPO 1, DSPs 5, inspectors 30, sub-inspectors 66, ASI 121, head constables 152 and constables 1,201. In addition, personnel of the quick response force (QRF). They have a fleet of 75 vehicles. The Punjab government is spending Rs 15 million per month on the salaries of the policemen in the district in addition to other expenditures, including petrol, maintenance of vehicles, telephone bills and other liabilities.
According to a survey conducted by The News, there are 18 police stations – City, Sadr, Kundian, Piplan, Harnoli, Musakhel, Wan Bhachran, Chakrala, Moch, Paikhel, Daudkhel, PirPihai, Iskanderabad, Bangikhel, Chapri, Makarwal and Kamarmishani. As many as 14 SHOs and four SDPO/DSPs, out of total five, are locals. A police officer, on condition of anonymity, said that local police officers had close ties with drugs and arms smugglers and gamblers. He said that gambling dens had increased these years in the district. He added that gamblers carrying brand new motorcycles could be seen duping people on various pretexts. The local police could not seize drugs or arms when the district is regarded a gateway of narcotics, arms and a safe route of suicide bombers and terrorists as its boundaries touch four districts of Khyber-Pakhtoonkhwa – Karak, Kohat, Lucky Marwat and Dera Ismail Khan. He said that the local SHOs avoided registering cases dur to their relations with the masses.
When contacted, ANF Sub-Inspector Aftab Ahmed, who is working as station house officer, said that all the staff belonged to other districts and had no soft corner for drug barons. He claimed that information about raids did not leak.
DPO Waqas Nazir told The News that the function of the Anti-Narcotics Force was only to control narcotics while the local police had to maintain law and order and fight against terrorists and criminals. He justified the appointment of local SHOs or DSPs, saying they were fully aware of the area, psyche of the community and the presence of gambling and drug dens. He said that the appointment of local SHOs or DSPs was not a hurdle in controlling the crime. He said that honest, committed and professional SHOs could yield better results.