LAHORE - City police have finalised a comprehensive security plan to maintain peace on the eve of Eid Milad-un-Nabi with massive deployment of force across the metropolis.

Heavy police contingents will remain on guard on the route of the processions. Police will also be deployed at Masajids and Imambargahs to ensure foolproof security.  Official sources said that at least 9000 policemen would be deployed on security duties on the eve of Eid-Milad-un-Nabi. Security will be beefed up at all the entry and exit points of the metropolis.  Lahore DIG (Operations) Dr Haider Ashraf yesterday said that the police would continue security sweep in different parts of the city to hunt down suspected elements. Similarly, search and combing operations would be launched around Afghan settlements.

SSP (VVIP Security) Zahid Mahmood Gondal, Lahore SP (Security) Ibadat Nisar, SP Patrolling police, SP headquarters and all divisional SPs were also present on this occasion.  The DIG issued these directions while presiding over a meeting of the field police officers held at the police headquarters on Monday. The meeting also reviewed the crime and law and order situation in the metropolis.  Haider Ashraf directed the officers to use biometric machines for verification of individuals during security sweep and snap-checking.

 The DIG also directed the station house officers to step up crackdown on proclaimed offenders.

The divisional SPs and circle officers were directed to personally visit the places where religious gathering are scheduled in connection with the Eid Milad celebrations. The divisional SPs were asked to stay in touch with the organizers of Milad gatherings.

The police will intensify armed patrolling across Lahore particularly on the important roads to keep a vigilant eye on the activities of suspected elements. The DIG ordered the police response units to intensify armed patrolling in the sensitive and crime-prone areas ahead of the mega event.

The SHOs were directed to step up raids to nab criminals in their respective area and send back the progress report to the police headquarter on daily basis.