RAWALPINDI (PR) -  In order to ensure security of Muharram processions, city traffic police (CTP) have launched a grand operation and arrested 253 beggars from the main city roads while eight cases have been registered against the beggars.

Chief Traffic Officer (CTO) Shoaib Khurram Janbaz said that CTP were taking strict action against suspected persons. He informed that the beggar children netted from city roads had been handed over to Child Protection Bureau. He further said that a special squad comprising an assistant sub-inspector, six constables and a lady constable was working to nab the beggars. Directives have also been issued to the squad to register cases against the beggars and the report in this regard should be sent to CTO office on daily basis, he said.

The SSP said that the traffic officials have been directed to ensure security of the mourning processions and Imambargahs. He said traffic wardens had also been directed to remove all kinds of encroachment from the routes of processions, besides keeping a vigil on suspected persons and things.

Strict disciplinary action will be taken against the delinquent officials, the CTO said, adding the traffic load would be shifted to alternate routes during mourning processions and diversion would be available at various points for the motorists. The citizens can call at city traffic police helpline 1915 to know about the traffic situation on the roads. An emergency control room has also been established to cope with any emergency.