LAHORE  - Lahore DIG (Operations) Dr Haider Ashraf has said that at least 357 cases have been registered against the religious elements involved in spreading hatred by making provocative speeches. The police have also arrested 85 persons on the charges of misuse of loudspeaker, wall chalking, and distribution of hatred material.

The police also seized more than 100 loudspeakers as the clampdown on the extremists has been intensified to forcefully implement the national action plan, the operations police chief told reporters on Wednesday.

The DIG also warned that the miscreants found involved in printing or distribution of hatred material, wall chalking, and provocative speeches would be dealt with iron hands.

In Lahore, the police also are conducting search and sweep operations against the suspected elements.

As a part of the National Action Plan, the government has been working to stop printing and publication of hate material promoting sectarianism. The National Action Plan was drafted in the wake of the Peshawar school attack to chalk out a comprehensive strategy to combat terrorism.