Lahore: Punjab admits rate of heinous crimes increased in 2011
LAHORE: The Punjab government on Wednesday admitted before the Punjab Assembly that the rate of heinous crimes in the province showed a significant increase in 2011 as compared to the previous year, but claimed it was still lower than other provinces.
Law Minister Rana Sanaullah, while opening the debate on law and order situation, said the registration of heinous crimes showed an increase in 2011 as the number of the cases registered at different police stations under the heads of murder, kidnapping and dacoity were 6,208, 204 and 22,452 respectively against the previous year’s 5,768, 167 and 18,000 respectively.
He said the police had arrested 72,453 accused linked to different dangerous gangs and recovered an amount of Rs 1.58 billion, which was returned to the owners. He said 26 policemen were martyred in encounters and 96 suffered injuries while 117 criminals were killed. He said 3,015 policemen were dismissed from service as part of accountability while 563 were demoted and promotions of 6,742 were withheld.
The law minister said unemployment was the main reason for the upsurge in crimes but added that the number of street crimes saw a slight increase as compared to the other provinces. He said that no incident of terrorism occurred after the month of March.
However, PML-Q parliamentary leader Chaudhry Zaheeruddin claimed the province was suffering from an alarming increase in crimes rate that had left the citizens highly insecure and even the hawkers had stopped moving in the dangerous streets out of fear of being robbed or mugged. He said the masses had lost confidence in the police and law enforcing apparatus due to the alarming situation.
He demanded end of political influence in the police, to restore department’s honour among the masses, an increase in police personnel and patrolling in difficult areas. He said display of arms should be banned and legislation be made regarding the possession of dangerous weapons.