The Police and other law enforcement agencies are duty bound to protect the life, honour and property of the citizens. Similarly, it should be and is the first and foremost priority of the police to eliminate crime from the society and let the masses sleep with peace of mind without any worry or fear.

Kasur District Police Officer (DPO) Ali Nasir Rizvi stated during an exclusive talk with The Nation and its sister organisation Nawa-i-Waqt here the other day. The district police chief expressed his resolve that the Police can go.... and would definitely go... to any extent to control crime and that the criminals do not deserve any leniency or concession. He claimed that over the past six-month period, the Kasur Police remained at top with best performance throughout Punjab by smashing 36 gangs and arresting 118 notorious criminals. “Overall booty worth Rs17.5 million was recovered besides arms and ammunition from the outlaws,” he added.

To a question, Mr Rizvi pointed out that to control crime and bring down crime incidence, the district police specially focused on arrest of the proclaimed offenders, recovery of illegal ammunition and narcotics. “This strategy bore fruit and the police managed to arrest 1,456 proclaimed offenders and 472 court deserters who were wanted by the police in various cases of heinous crimes,” the DPO claimed. He said that these criminals included 10 top 20, 85 top ten and one black book carrying huge amount in head money. Similarly, 50 most wanted and notorious dacoits who had been a sign of terror for the public met their logical end, providing a sigh of relief to the people of the district, he narrated.

The district police chief went on to say that during a campaign against illegal weapons, 874 cases were registered and 880 accused were arrested. The police also registered 683 cases against the drugs dealers and recovered 19 kg of heroin, 158 kg of charas, two kg of opium and 7,013 bottles of liquor beside 1,845 litre wine from 16 running distilleries busted during the campaign.

About the National Action Plan (NAP), DPO Rizvi revealed that several intelligence-based search operations were conducted at sensitive places and villages of bad-repute and dozens of cases were registered under Security Ordinance 173. The police also registered 108 cases over violation of Amplifier Act, 243 cases against violators of Tenancy Act, 24 cases of wall chalking, six cases of hate-material whereas six cases were registered against persons for brandishing weapons and hundreds were arrested.

“As a result of the foolproof strategy against the criminals, several outlaws have left the district and the rest have given up their activities for the time being,” the DPO claimed. Mr Rizvi stated that under the community policing, a neighbourhood watch system is being adopted which is bearing fruit and Kasur district has become one of the best districts of the province. Besides criminals, action against corrupt police officials is also being taken, the top cop informed. He declared that there is no room for corrupt officials in the Police Department only honest and hardworking officials would be encouraged and promoted. He also urged the media and the public to extend cooperation to the police to make it a truly public-friendly force.