Islamabad - Islamabad police have arrested a total of 943 criminals besides recovery of valuables worth Rs31 million, huge cache of contraband and weapons during last month.

According to a police spokesman, Interior Minister Ch. Nisar Ali Khan had directed Islamabad police to ensure elaborate measures for protection of the lives and property of citizens. Following his directions, IGP Islamabad Tahir Alam Khan reviewed strategy of high vigilance in the city and enhanced patrolling at entry as well as exit points. Coordination with community members was also enhanced to get information about criminal elements residing in various localities.

Owing to this strategy, Islamabad police got remarkable success during the last month and nabbed 943 criminals. As many as 219 criminals were arrested for having narcotics or illegal weapons and police recovered 101 kilogram hashish, 5 kilogram heroin, 1100 gram opium, 644 liquor bottles, 77 pistols, 7 kalashnikovs, 10 guns and 1197 rounds from them.  

Police apprehended 34 persons for their alleged involvement in snatching and tampering cars and recovered 31 snatched as well as tampered vehicles and motorbikes from their possession. In addition, police nabbed 85 alleged dacoits and thieves besides recovering gold ornaments, mobile phones, laptops, cash and other valuables from them. Two kidnapping cases were also traced and six alleged kidnappers were arrested along with safe recovery of the abducted persons. Five persons were arrested for their involvement in blind murder cases while 14 proclaimed offenders and 24 court absconders were also apprehended during the month of October.

Islamabad police took prompt action against alms-seekers and arrested 750 beggars. Amongst them, 588 were shifted to Edhi home while challans were submitted into relevant courts against professional beggars.  Police conducted search operation in various areas of the city and nabbed 210 suspects while 284 persons were kept under vigilance in order to maintain tranquillity. Five brothel houses were raided and 26 persons were held for their alleged involvement in immoral activities.

Police spokesman said that significant reduction has been witnessed in car theft and dacoity incidents. He said that special police pickets at entry as well as exit points and effective checking helped reduce such crimes. SSP Islamabad Asmat Ullah Junejo said it is the prime responsibility of police to provide relief to citizens, adding that every possible effort would be made to provide protection to the lives and property of citizens as well as resolving their complaints on immediate basis.