Islamabad - Senior Superintendent of Police (Operations) Islamabad Sajid Kiani has directed all police officials to ensure effective crackdown on professional alms-seekers and suspects .

In his special directions to all SDPOs and SHOs, the SSP said that professional alms-seeking is a social evil, and all-out efforts would be made to curb it.

He directed the police for vigilance against such elements at markets, avenues and signals. He also directed heads of all police stations to ensure registration of cases against professional beggars after arresting them. The SSP said that mischievous elements are roaming in the city in guise of beggars and strict action is needed to curb such activities.  

Following his directions, police spokesman said, Islamabad police have started efforts to curb the menace of begging and take prompt legal action against beggars.

Islamabad police, he said, arrested 25 professional beggars during the last 24 hours while search operation was conducted in various areas, resulting in the arrest of 47 suspects and one proclaimed offender.

Similarly, police started checking vehicles during general hold up and impounded 296 bikes as well as 10 vehicles being driven without documents during the last 24 hours.