LAHORE - A young woman yesterday was attacked with acid by two motorcyclists in Johar Town, rescue workers said. The attackers fled instantly.

The 21-year-old victim identified as Yasmin Bibi survived the assault narrowly. The frightened lady was rushed to a hospital with minor injuries from where she was discharged shortly.

A rescue worker said “the lady survived narrowly and luckily”. Two unidentified motorcyclists intercepted the woman on the Shaukat Khanum Road and fled after throwing acid bottle on her.

An eyewitness said the woman survived the assault as the acid bottle fell on the road. However, a few drops of acid burnt her clothes.

Despite harsher penalties for criminals found involved in such attacks, the acid assaults on women are not rare in the Punjab province.

The police are investigating the incident with no arrest made yet.

IGP asks police not to disturb women, children during raids: Punjab inspector general of police Mushtaq Ahmed Sukhera yesterday ordered the field officers not to “disturb” women and children, as cops plan special raids to catch hardcore criminals across the province.

A police spokesperson said the police chief “also directed the field officers not to disturb the women and children during the crackdown.” The police are directed to step up clampdown on the hardened criminals and proclaimed offenders.

The provincial police officer issued these directions while chairing the RPOs conference held at the central police office. The regional police officers attended the conference through video-link while senior police officers including Arif Nawaz, B.A Nasir, Chaudhry Shafique Ahmed Gujjar, Shahid Hanif, and Hussain Habib Imtiaz were present on this occasion.

Normally, the police behave badly and rudely with women and children during raids on residences. The complaints of torture and physical abuse against cops during such operations are common.

It was decided in the meeting that the police would prepare new lists of most wanted criminals to ensure arrests of the elements involved in bank dacoities. The new strategy would also help police recover the looted amount from them, the spokeswoman said.

All the field officers were asked to personally monitor the arrests of proclaimed offenders in their respective areas on daily basis. It was also decided that special teams comprising officers from other agencies would be constituted for this purpose and the police would utilize the geo-fencing, CDR, and other components of operational procedures to implement the scheme.

The IGP directed police officers to take strict action against those who provide shelters to the most wanted criminals under section 216/PPC.

While reviewing the human resource management system in the conference, it was decided that the data of police staff would be rechecked once it would be entered into the system. The access to data system will be locked through special code to stop any change and malpractice in the system, the spokeswoman said.