FAISALABAD - The city police officer of Faisalabad has said that to control crime completely is impossible as hundreds of people visit the industrial city daily, adding that the police were trying their level best to ensure peace here.

Talking at the Aiwan Waqt Faisalabad bureau office, Bilal Saddique Kamiana added that crimes could not be controlled without the people’s cooperation and their strong liaison with the police. He held unemployment and poverty responsible for increase in street crimes. He disclosed that police officials were being scrutinised in the city.

He said that 40, 000 crime cases are registered in the city annually. “The main cause of increase in crime in the district is unemployment and poverty while there is less contingent in Faisalabad in accordance with population. There are 30, 000 policemen in the provincial capital while in Faisalabad only 8, 000 policemen have been deputed and the crime ratio in the city is equal to that of Lahore,” he said.

He said that in order to control crime, the number of police personnel should be increased here. To a question, he said that the pending cases had been reopened and the investigation officers directed to submit their challen to the court within 14 days of case registration. “Due to negligent investigation and recklessness by applicant, a many accused get released from the courts,” he regretted.

The CPO said, “We are throwing out policemen involved in dacoities from the department and taking lawful actions against them the two officials of the Central Jail involved in dacoity have been taken into custody.” He said that police patrolling system had been made efficient in the district to control street crimes and robberies. However, to make strong relationship with the masses the police were organising open courts. He announced that the SHOs who delivered good performance would be awarded and the other ones would be dealt with sternly.

He urged the masses not to violate the law. Some cases are registered against masses on account of protesting and destroying public property but in these cases sometimes applicants were declared accused and accused are not punished, he said.

To another question, he said that crackdowns were being launched against drug traffickers and instead of small fish, the police would arrest crocodiles. He said that the medical stores selling smuggled and prohibited drugs would be brought to book. He disclosed that also heroine, alcohol and charas dealers would not be left spared.

He said that all the police stations in-charges had been directed to keep an eye on criminals and spare nobody.