LAHORE - City Police Division has become a heaven of anti-social elements and notorious gamblers for the last four years, as around 300 gambling dens and almost 75 identified brothel houses are being operated by hardened criminals in northern areas of the City since long.

The City Division lies at a stone throw away distance away from the office of Provincial Police Chief Javed Iqbal and covering territorial jurisdiction of 21 police stations and two police chowkies.

Although, police department is fully aware of the hideouts, names, addresses and patrons of these dens but no tangible action has been initiated against them.

“Yes, official meetings are held, issues are discussed at the top level but few raids are carried out against those dens and brothels whose owners refuse to ‘cooperate’ with police in traditional way,” said a retired police officer, adding the subordinates always doge their seniors so the seniors start compromising with the owners for vested interests.

Responding to a query, he claimed not a single shoe can be picked in front of any mosque if police department start working with professional zeal and commitment. “Absolutely, the top guns of the City Police have an old trick, they start documentation and prepare presentation to cool down the anger of Punjab Police Chief,” he commented. He, however, said sometime the cops complained about shortage of police strength.

According to available City’s Division Police strength, total 1590 police officers including 21 Inspectors, 103 Sub-Inspectors, 125 Assistant Sub-Inspectors, 166 head constables and 1175 police constables have been discharging their duties under the direct supervision of 10 DSPs and two SPS – Anawar Khitran and Rana Shahzad – for the last several years.

According to official documents prepared by a former CCPO Lahore, around 28 gambling dens and three brothels houses are being operated in Islampura Circle but DSP concerned is mum over the crime. Similarly, over 48 gambling dens and 12 anti-social elements’ dens are being run by notorious criminals in Lower Mall Circle but the DSP concerned and his team have nothing to do with the crime. The documents say 23 gambling dens and 32 brothel houses are located in Tibi City Circle but police are reluctant to initiate action against them. Ironically, 35 betting centres are being operated in Rang Mahal Police Circle, 30 gambling points and five identified brothel houses are situated in Nulakha Circle, 24 gaming dens and two brothels are being run by anti-social elements in Gowalmandi Circle but the DSPs and their police teams have several other lame excuses to save their skins.

Similarly, 16 gaming centres and 16 broth houses are being operated by the anti-social elements in Shahdara Circle whereas the documents reveal that former SHO Shahdara Inspector Sharif Sindhu is involved in the shameful crime. The same is the case with Shafiqabad Police Circle where around 38 gambling points and five brothel houses are being operated and some 34 betting centers and three anti-social activities’ points are being run in Badamibagh Police Circle under the nose of top cops. Likewise, 35 gambling points and two brothel houses are being operated by notorious gamblers and anti-social elements in Misri Shah Circle.

City Police Division SP Operations Anwar Khitran and newly appointed SP Investigation Rana Shahzad did not attend their phone calls despite the repeated requests by this scribe.

504 constables promoted: Capital City Police Officer Ahmad Raza Tahir has issued orders of promotion of 504 Lower School Qualified List C-I constables to the rank of head constable with immediate effect on Sunday.

Besides, congratulating them on their promotion, the CCPO has also directed them to continue their duties with devotion, honesty and professional zeal.