SIALKOT-The Anti Corruption Establishment (ACE) has sent letters to the heads of different government departments for the removal of 77 officials due to registration of corruption cases against them long ago.

These corrupt officials are still working on their posts despite the registration of separate cases against them by ACE on the charges of corruption, fraud, funds embezzlements and misuse of their official powers.

ACE Gujranwala Division Director Rana Abdul Shakur said that the ACE had registered separate cases against 77 accused officials of the different government departments but they were still working on their posts by using their political influence.

He said that as per the Anti Corruption Act, the government officials directly or indirectly involved in cases could not work on their seats till the final verdicts of the cases to be announced by the concerned court.

Shakur said that the ACE regional directorate has yet disposed of 600 pending inquiries within a month, out of which 150 inquiries have been sent to the Deputy Director Legal for the legal opinion, while 35 separate cases have been registered against the 35 accused officials of different departments.

He said that ACE has also issued judicial orders of 150 other accused in 75 inquiries besides issuing the orders of their early arrest.

Shakur added that ACE has written the special letters to the divisional and district heads of the different government departments to ensure the early removal of the 77 corrupt government officials from their posts by dismissing them from their services.

On the other side, Daska police have arrested two alleged dacoits injured in an hour-long shootout near village Galotiyaan along the main Daska-Gujranwala Road on Sunday.

The accused dacoits were escaping after looting gold ornaments, cash, mobile phones and other valuables from Sadaqat Ali and his wife Nazia Bibi at gunpoint. Meanwhile, the police pointed them to stop at a police picket set up near Rangaanwala village but the accused started firing on police. As the police retaliated, both the accused dacoits were injured and fell down from their motorcycle. The police arrested the injured dacoits after an hour-long encounter.

DSP Lal Muhammad Khokhar said that the accused were identified as Aamir Shahid, a resident of village Gaddaarey, and Imran Nawaz of Pakka Garha-Sialkot. They were admitted to Daska Civil Hospital in critical condition. Daska police have registered a case against the accused.