LAHORE - Lahore DIG (Operations) Dr Haider Ashraf yesterday issued “show-cause” notices to three station house officers who failed to control street crimes in their respective jurisdiction. The DIG warned the field police that they would be removed from their posts if they could not improve their performance within weeks.

Haider Ashraf issued these directions while presiding over an anti-crime meeting of the Sadar police division at the police headquarters. The officer also reviewed the crime and law and order situation of each police station.

SP Sadar police division, Faisal Mukhtar, all the sub-divisional police officers, station house officers and beat officers were also present on this occasion.

The DIG issued show-cause notices to the SHOs of Sabzazar, Hanjarwal, and Township police stations. Similarly, the circle officers of Raiwind, Sabzazar, and Chuhng police were given stern warning and directed to improve their working.

These SHOs will have to submit written replies since the departmental proceedings are initiated against them.  In case of unsatisfactory answers, the authority could order punitive action against them ranging from suspension to removal from service.

On this occasion, the DIG directed the officers to step up clampdown on the elements involved in land-grabbing, drug pushing, and gambling dens. Ashraf also told the field officers in the meeting that special lists with the names of the drug peddlers, land grabbers, and gambling dens had already been sent to the concerned SPs, DSPs and SHOs. Therefore, the local police must intensify crackdown against the suspects involved in land grabbing, gambling, and narcotics selling in their respective areas.

Meanwhile, the DIG ordered the divisional police officers to inspect the security arrangements made for Chinese nationals on regular basis. He said the standard operating procedure prepared for the foreign nationals working on development project in the province should be implemented in letter and spirit.

The police were also directed to ensure the attendance of the staff at the police stations by using biometric system. Similarly, each and every complaint should be entered into the computerized complaint management system.