KEEPING in view the current wave of terrorism and prevailing security situation, Inspector General of Police, Punjab, Khan Baig has issued instructions to the police officers to put the security on high alert across Punjab especially in the areas bordering other provinces.
All field police officers were directed to tighten the security at all entry and exit points in the border areas side by side the strict patrolling and surveillance in order to avoid any terrorist activity.
They were directed that security deployment must be enhanced at railway stations, bus terminals, business centres, important government buildings, mosques, Darbars, Imamabargahs, residential areas and educational institutions. Daily search operation will also be continued by police.
Meanwhile, briefing the IGP in his office about the data issued by Investigation Branch, Punjab Operations DIG Farooq Mazhar said that during the last three weeks the police had busted 26 notorious gangs and arrested their 147 members involved in dacoity, robbery-cum-murder, bank robberies and jewellery shops robberies and rape on minors in a crackdown on these proclaimed offenders (POs).
The police also recovered a sum of Rs 3,13,29,700 from the arrested POs.
The Operations DIG said that during the period, 112 accused of other criminal activities were arrested, whereas 118 new and 55 old cases were traced by the investigation department.
According to figures, 59 top-10 and top-20 POs were also arrested by the police during this period from eight districts, Rawalpindi, Pakpattan, Mandi Bahauddin, TT Singh, Vehari, Hafizabad, Bahawalpur and Sargodha.
Illegal weapons, including 47 Kalashnikovs, 137 guns, 105 rifles, 878 pistols, 92 revolvers and 63 carbines, were seized from the POs.
Police also arrested 1,384 accused and seized 39.78 kg heroin, 229.67 kg Charas and 11,473 bottles of liquor.