KASUR-The district police eliminated 37 notorious dacoits including proclaimed offenders in 29 different shootouts during the first six months of the current year 2016.

The police also claimed to have arrested 1,423 proclaimed offenders and 752 court absconders during the corresponding period, Kasur DPO Ali Nasir Rizvi stated while sharing sixth months performance of the police with the media here the other day.

The district police chief said that the police have been following a comprehensive strategy for maintaining lasting peace in the district. “The effective steps taken to eradicate crime have produced fruit as hundreds of criminals either have been eliminated or put behind the bars,” he claimed, adding that crime ratio has been brought down considerably.

Mr Rizvi pointed out that statistics of the past six months stand testimony to the police commitment to protecting life, honour and property of the common man. “The police also launched a vigorous crackdown on proclaimed offenders wanted in several cases of heinous crime including dacoity, murder, robbery-cum-murder and bike-lifting and arrested 1,423 POs,” the DPO informed.

Moreover, the police also nicked 129 criminals belonging to 38 notorious gangs and recovered cash, gold ornaments, motorbikes, cars and other valuables, worth millions of rupees during the period in question.

Mr Rizvi said that the district police registered 1,083 cases against drug-peddlers and recovered 17 kg of heroin, 284 kg of hashish, 2.5 kg of opium, 13,000 bottles of liquor and 58 kg of marijuana over the past six months. The police also registered 866 cases against persons for carrying illegal weapons and recovered 77 rifles, 230 guns, 49 revolvers, 570 pistols, 16 carbines, 86 magazines and a large number of bullets from their possession.

The DPO also shed light on the operations conducted under the National Action Plan. He said that 262 cases were registered over violation of Amplifier Act, 382 cases under security ordinance, 343 cases against house owners for not informing the police about tenants, 37 cases against those involved in wall-chalking, 636 for having illegal weapons, 225 for displaying arms and four cases for spreading hate material.