MARDAN - The Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police, Mardan Range, Abdullah Khan has directed the cops to discharge their duties with missionary zeal and not to misbehave with the public during the Eid-ul-Fitr.  

Chairing a high level meeting about the law and order situation during Eid-ul-Fitr at his office on Monday he said. District Police Officer (DPO) Mardan Danishwar Khan, DPO Swabi Abdur Rashed Khan, SP Operation Shah Nazar Khan and deputy superintendent of police (DSPs) of all the circles and Station House Officer (SHOs) of all the police station of the range attended the meeting. He asked the subordinate police officials to be vigilant against suspected elements and show sympathetic attitude towards citizens visiting police stations in connection with their problems during the Eid-ul-fitar. He also directed SHOs to enhance patrolling and ensure safety of roads and highways. He also directed police to beef up the security across the range and also increase security of Eidghas and other improvement mosques, public and government buildings to avoid any attempt of subversion and unrest by any mischievous element during the Eid-ul-Fitr.

He also directed police to keep a close watch on the unscrupulous and mischievous elements. He directed police officials that without the support of general public police have not maintained the law and order situation in the range so it is need of time that police officials and jawans also improve their behaviour with the general public. DIG further said that in the current time the general public is also supporting the police force against the militants in the ongoing war against terrorism. He also strictly directed the SHOs of all the police station to create awareness among the mass about the aerial firing of “Chand Raat” and in this connection they hung banners in different parts of their police station especially in the trade centers, streets and other important and public places on which slogan against the aerial firing is written.

APP adds: The city police have chalked out a comprehensive plan to check control menace of aerial firing on Chand Raat and Eid ul Fitr in the provincial capital and decided to take strict action against violators.

A senior police officer told APP on Monday that all the sub-divisional police officers (SDPOs) and SHOs have been directed to prevent aerial firing on Chand Raat and Eidul Fitr.

The concerned SDPO and SHO would be held responsible in case of loss of lives on Chand Raat and Eid due to aerial firing, the official added.

As per the plan, the official said over 6,000 police personnel would perform duties in shifts during Eid days in the provincial capital.  Women policemen and police cops in plain clothes in different bazaars have been positioned to monitor the movement of customers and check aerial firing. He said close circuit cameras have been installed in important places and locations for identification of elements involved in aerial firing.

The menace of aerial firing will be eliminated of the society and campaign against festive firing would be continued till its complete eradication, he added.

The official sought the cooperation of media, academicians, ulema and civil society against the festive aerial firing. He said Islam was a religion of peace and brotherhood whereas aerial firing was against the teachings of Islam as it could result in loss of precious human lives besides spreading fear in the innocent people. The ulema has been requested to highlight this issue in Friday congregation to save lives of masses.

It is in the interest of the society to do away with the menace as it could have devastating effects on the lives of people.

The official said police high ups have been directed to keep close liaison with people, social and political organizations to run campaign against aerial firing in their respective areas so to raise awareness among the people about the negative effects of the practice.