LAHORE - Lahore operation police chief on Thursday said the establishment of Mobile Tracking Units is successfully helping police track down criminal suspects particularly those involved in street crimes and armed robberies.

“Since this unit has been activated, the Lahore police have arrested more than one thousand (criminal) suspects. The cops collected data of mobile phone calls and seized 1300 handsets from their possession,” DIG Haider Ashraf said.

The scheme represents the latest example of the police making use of IT and modern enterprise technology in its efforts to fight crime and organised gangs of criminals.

The police chief termed the initiative as a “success story” and said the police are tightening its screws on organised criminals by using modern technology.

The DIG stated this while addressing a weekly meeting held at the Police Lines Qila Gujjar Singh on Thursday to review the performance of the mobile tracking units.

For an instance, the officer said, at least 171 criminal suspects were detained during the last two weeks after the police collected of the mobile phone calls data of stolen, suspected, or snatched handsets. The police solved at least 143 cases by using the mobile phone data during the last 15 days, he added.

Haider Ashraf explained that skilled staff had been deployed in all the police stations after they completed training in criminal tracking and refresher courses. The training was organised in collaboration with the Punjab Information Technology Board.

ROOF COLLAPSE: Three labourers were wounded critically when the roof of an under-construction factory collapsed on them in Batapur on Thursday.

Rescue workers said all the three injured were rushed to a hospital where their condition was stated to be various serious.

Nasir, Iqbal, and Shahbaz were at work at an under-construction factory located on the Batapur Road when its roof caved in, all of a sudden. Rescuers rushed to the sit and pulled out the victims after hectic efforts. The police are investigating.