DPO Ghulam Mubashir Maken has said that the crackdown will continue on criminal and drug peddlers till achievement of the desired results.

Addressing monthly meeting with SDPOs and SHOs to review the law and order situation in the district, the DPO said that times were changing and criminals were coming up with innovative ways to trick the police. He said that the police should use modern technology to trace criminals, but "we should not forget that traditional methods too can be effective".

There had been noticeable decrease in the crime rate, the DPO said, but he wanted a substantial decrease in the crime rate. He said that no police officer should be weak, lenient or negligent at any time.

He told the police officers to submit a report on wanted criminals at the next meeting where a plan of action would be discussed.

Maken said that the elements involved in fanning provocative speeches, distributing hate literature, wall chalking and misusing loudspeakers should be treated according to law indiscriminately.

He also shared monthly performance report of the district police. According to the DPO, in April, the district police arrested 344 proclaimed offenders and recovered booty worth Rs6.899 million while 35 persons who were arrested in 35 cases of illicit weapons were sent to jail. He claimed that the police had recovered 4 Kalashnikovs, 1 rifle, 2 guns, 22 pistols, 2 revolvers, 2 carbines, 7 knifes and 1,521 cartridges during the crackdown on illicit weapons carried out across the district.