Islamabad - Interior minister Ch Nisar Ali Khan has taken serious notice of the increasing incidents of dacoity in the city and firing on a PIMS doctor and ordered suspension of police officials in connection with a dacoity incident near Islamabad Club on the night of February 13.

He has also directed inquiry against the police officials and registration of cases for criminal negligence against them. The minister has ordered action against DSP Shehzad Town, Sub-inspector Shafqat, Sub-inspector Gulzar, ASI Zulfiqar, ASI Khalid, ASI Shabbir, ASI Liaqat and ASI Gulfaraz. These police officials are posted at different police stations of the capital at present.

Furthermore, the minister has ordered immediate suspension and registration of FIR against SHO police station Margalla, Rukhsar Mehdi for negligence in protecting a senior doctor of PIMS. Chairing a high-level meeting at Punjab House here on Sunday, the minister said that negligence on part of the police officials would not be tolerated at any cost. He also expressed grave concern over firing on the PIMS doctor, Shahid Nawaz Malik days before. He directed IGP Islamabad to ensure protection of the residents of the capital.

Meanwhile, the crime rate has significantly dropped in the federal capital in the first 45 days of the current year as compared to the corresponding period of 2014.

So far, 11 murder, 21 murder attempt and two kidnapping cases have been reported this year as compared to the last year’s figures of 19 murder, 22 murder attempt and three kidnapping cases in the same period, a police spokesman said on Sunday. According to the spokesman, the capital police registered five cases of dacoity as compared to 11 in the corresponding period of year 2014. In the previous year, 55 robbery incidents were reported while these stood at 84 this year, he added.

Giving a comparison, he said last year, 138 vehicles were lifted from the city but this year so far only 64 vehicles were stolen.

Similarly, only 34 motorbikes were stolen this year as compared to 43 of the corresponding period last year. Moreover, police registered 100 cases for keeping illegal weapons as compared to 94 last year.

Inspector General of Islamabad Police Tahir Alam Khan has said reduction in crime rate was due to effective strategy of the capital police as he vowed to ensure foolproof security of the citizens in future. He said protection of life and property of citizens was the prime responsibility of the police.