MARDAN - The local police claimed to have arrested 65 proclaimed offenders (POs) including 25 suspected persons and recovered a huge quantity of weapons and narcotics during a crackdown in the last 48 hours in Mardan district against the criminals.

Briefing the media here on Wednesday, District Police Officer Danishwar Khan said that on the special directives of DIG Mardan Abdullah Khan, the city police launched an operation against the criminals in the district.

He said that various dens of criminals were raided to arrest scores of suspected people involved in crimes.

He said that nine Kalashnikov rifles, 16 Kalakov rifles, 17 rifles, 9 shot guns, 53 pistols, 2612 rounds, 14020 grams of hashish were also recovered during the operation.