Rawalpindi - Launching grand operation against baggers, the city Traffic Police held 140 baggers, including 54 children, during the month of April from various parts of the city.

“The CTP has handed over the 54 child baggers to the Punjab Child Protection Bureau whereas some 82 cases have also been registered against other baggers in different police stations,” informed Acting Chief Traffic Officer (CTO) Iftikhar ul Haq while talking to media men on yesterday.

He said that the CTP had launched a grand operation against the baggers following the directions of Regional Police Officer (RPO) Wisal Fakhar Sultan Raja and rounded up 140 baggers, including 54 children involved in bagging alms from citizens on various signals and busiest roads in the city. He added that the child baggers were handed over to PCBB whereas the other baggers were given into custody of area police. “Some 82 First Information Reports (FIRs) have been lodged against the baggers under section 9 Vagrancy Act by police in different police stations,” Iftikhar ul Haq said.

He said that bagging was a curse while baggers have also been posing great security threats in the cantonment areas. He appealed to the citizens to contact CTP on its helplines 1915 and  051-9272616 if they see any bagger on road.