Sunday, July 5, 2009

Lahore police to crack down on illegal sale of SIMs

Pin It * CCPO orders police to ensure all property dealers obtain complete information of renters * Lahore police claim to have arrested 1,125 gang members during 2009
LAHORE: Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Muhammad Pervez Rathore directed Lahore police on Friday to ensure effective action against the illegal sale and purchase of subscriber identity modules (SIMs) throughout the city.

In an official statement, the CCPO said all SIM dealers should be directed to sell cell phone connections only after thoroughly checking the original identity card of the purchaser, and retaining a copy. This would ensure that terrorists could not benefit from this facility, he added.

Renter beware: The statement, addressed to the city’s deputy inspector general (Security Division), the DIG (City Traffic), the senior superintendent of police (Operations), and the SSPs (Operation and Investigation Wing), also ordered police to direct all property dealers of the city to note the complete particulars and antecedents of anyone renting an apartment, a hotel room, or a house to ensure that terrorists were not able to find accommodation in the city.

The CCPO also directed the senior officials to conduct regular checks of police pickets and brief all staff deputed there to perform their jobs in an effective manner. He said the pickets should also be provided with wireless, telephone or mobile facilities so they could immediately inform senior officials of any important information. Rathore also directed the officials to ensure foolproof security arrangements at all police stations and other official buildings by deputing a security officer from the police or the department concerned.

Busy year: Also on Friday, Lahore police released a press statement claiming they had smashed 354 criminal gangs and arrested 1,125 gang members, while recovering Rs 504 million in looted property, during the first six months of the current year. It said 12,467 court absconders and proclaimed offenders had also been arrested during this period.

The statement said 3,289 cases had been traced against the 1,125 accused, comprising 14 murders, seven cases of armed robbery-cum-murder, 47 of armed robbery, 1,471 of robbery, 999 of burglary and 751 others. In its campaign against outlaws, Lahore police also arrested 6,754 proclaimed offenders, of whom 344 were involved in murder cases, 244 in attempted murder, 132 in armed robberies, 352 in robberies, 703 in burglary and 4,979 in other miscellaneous cases.

During the drive against illegal weapons, 3,076 cases were registered and 3,079 accused were arrested and 12 Kalashnikovs, 163 rifles, 190 guns, 2,504 pistols and revolvers, 20 carbines, 10 masuers, six bombs, two jackets, 39 daggers, 34kg of ammunition, and more than 21,000 bullets were seized from their possession. Police also arrested 3,959 drug pushers and seized 46kg of heroin, 684kg hashish, 42kg opium and 11,130 bottles of liquor. It also arrested 2,852 gamblers and seized stake money worth Rs 3,800,000.

The CCPO also appealed to the general public to cooperate with police in eradicating crime, urging them to inform the authorities of any suspicious or criminal activity they spotted in the city. app

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