347 criminal gangs busted, 979 POs arrested in 2011
RAWALPINDI: In a crackdown against those involved in crimes of a heinous nature, Islamabad Police arrested 979 proclaimed offenders and also busted 347 criminal gangs besides nabbing 1,213 persons allegedly associated with them, a police spokesman said.
He said a total of 15 gangs involved in blind murder cases were traced and a total of 42 persons involved in it had been arrested. During the same period, a total of 31 gangs involved in immoral activities had been busted and 228 accused were also apprehended.
Around 208 gangs involved in burglaries, theft and dacoities were busted and 599 criminals involved in it were arrested while 29 gangs of car thieves were unearthed besides arrests of 90 car thieves.
During this year, a total of 979 proclaimed offenders were arrested. City Zone arrested 219 proclaimed offenders, Saddar Zone arrested 232 proclaimed offenders while Industrial area and Rural Zones nabbed 86 and 442 proclaimed offenders, respectively. IGP Bani Amin Khan said that the commitment and devotion by the personnel of the Islamabad Police despite several constraints made them successful against the criminal elements this year.
He said that police officers remained firm against the menace of terrorism and also emerged successful during the ongoing year in countering criminal elements, the murderers, drug pushers, robbers and criminal gangs.
IGP Bani Amin remarked that policing had become very tough in the present situation and that one should appreciate those performing well as the ratio of the total traced cases and countering terror threats was really appreciable.
He said that citizens were, and should be, proud of the fact that Islamabad Police, barring a few cases, had always performed diligently and responded quickly to SOS calls from the public.
SSP Islamabad Muhammad Yousuf Malik appreciated this performance and said that the main reason behind this success was the strategy of community and vigilant policing. He vowed to continue these efforts for effective policing and to make the police department service-oriented.
City police is still clueless over the Rs 120 million robbery in a jeweller’s workshop at Sarafa bazar in the city. City Police Officer (CPO) Azhar Hameed Khokar on Sunday constituted a six-member team comprising of Rawal Town Superintendent Police (SP) Malik Matloob Awan, Superintendent Police Investigation Israr Abbasi, SP CIA, DSP, SHO Waris Khan, SHO Banni to arrest the accused, while SHO Saddar Baroni had been assigned to investigate into the matter.
According to details, this was a biggest burglary in the Sarafa Bazar. Cash, diamonds and jewellery worth about Rs 120 million were taken away from a goldsmith`s workshop at Kucha Ganga Ram on Friday night.
The Waris Khan Police said that Anwar Ahmed alias Dada Anwar, the owner of the workshop, came to his workplace on Saturday morning and found a hole in the rooftop and the wall. Inside, he found a large quantity of gold, diamonds and jewellery missing along with the cash.
During the ongoing campaign against the drug mafia, the police recovered 200 bottles of liquor and arrested a person on Tuesday.
According to a police spokesman, New Town Police raided a house and arrested Gulraiz Masih and recovered 200 bottles of liquor from his possession.
Meanwhile, Rawalpindi police claim to have arrested 21 criminals and recovered 815 grammes of charas, 3 pistols of 30 bore and 41 rounds from their possession. Police have registered separate cases against all of them and have started an investigation.