LAHORE - The City police have handed over a list of about 600 hardened criminals, all belonging to 17 different districts of NWFP but presently living in the provincial capital, to the CCPO Peshawar for further action including launching a crackdown against them. Despite issuing three reminders, the police top brass based in Peshawar including the CCPO showed a lukewarm response to the repeated requests by the Lahore police regarding the arrest of the said outlaws including four lady offenders, wanted in thousands of cases registered against them in various local police stations. Because of the non-cooperative attitude of Peshawar police, the CCPO Lahore has decided to seek help from the Ministry of Interior, it is further learnt. These criminals originally belong to different agencies of the federally Administered Tribal Area (Fata), provincially administered tribal areas and settled districts of Swabi, Nowshera, Battagram, Karak, Dir, Dera Ismail Khan, Swat, Malakand, Mansehra, Haripur, Charsadda, Bannu, Abbottabad, Kohat, Mardan and Peshawar. The fugitives are allegedly involved in various heinous crimes with full backing of their relatives living in the City and that too in a merciless manner and then take refuge in their native areas in the North Western Frontier Province. And as a modus operandi, they return back once the police forget the crime. The Lahore police compiled a large directory of the most wanted persons containing even minute details. According to the police sources, these offenders show no mercy while committing crime and have killed several people while injuring scores of others over resistance during house robberies and street crimes, says the report presented to the CCPO Peshawar. The criminals are distributed in different categories - A,B,C- according to the nature of crimes they had committed. Those who fall in category A, had killed several innocent citizens on offering resistance during house, shop robberies and kidnapping for ransom. One of the hardened criminals of the top list is Khalid Hussain, a resident of Malakand Agency, who has been nominated in 13 cases registered in Gulberg and Ghalib Market Police Stations. Also Chan Badshah of Tahirabad, District Swat, is wanted by Nawankot and Civil Lines police in 18 cases while Taj Muhammad alias Janu of Mohmand Agency has been declared as a proclaimed offender (PO) in 19 different cases in various local police stations. Reliable sources further say that the Capital City Police Officer Pervez Rathore handed over the list to his Peshawar counterpart, Safwat Ghayur, to help arrest the outlaws. The list was provided to the Peshawar police with a request that the arrest of these notorious criminals could help police in bringing down the crime rate by 60 per cent. Out of the total number of criminals, 200 are proclaimed offenders (POs), 86 courts absconders (CAs) while 274 are target offenders (TOs). The CCPO Lahore also briefed him about the modus operandi of the criminals saying that they were giving a tough time to the police despite using all available resources to maintain law and order situation. The Peshawar CCPO was also informed that the City police senior officers were facing immense pressure from the concerned courts for the arrests of the criminals declared court absconders in various cases of the heinous crimes. They also said the criminals had been operating in the provincial capital by forming gangs and each member of the said gangs was wanted by the police in several cases registered in various police stations. About the nature of the cases, the sources have disclosed that they are involved in kidnapping for ransom, murders, bank robberies and dacoities at shops, factories and franchises along with fraud, lifting vehicles and street crimes. Out of the 17 districts, Peshawar is at the top with 69 POs, 34 CAs and 104 TAs, while the districts of Mardan and Kohat occupy the second and third slots respectively. According to the sources, the Lahore police senior officials got very much annoyed after finding CCPO Peshawar Safwat Ghayur least cooperative. When contacted, CCPO Peshawar Safwat Ghayur refused to comment on the issue. Replying to a question by this scribe asking the said criminals were hiding in their native areas and they could be arrested only with the help of the local police, the CCPO replied saying that contact his SSP in this regard. The comprehensive report showing the names, cast, ages, addresses and other necessary information was compiled after hectic efforts of three months. These criminals were identified through the record collected from all the police stations of the provincial capital, cases sent to the local courts, eyewitnesses and other sources. The said criminals, normally living at the residences of their relatives in the City, were fully trained and professional in committing crimes, the sources further disclosed. When contacted, CCPO Lahore Pervez Rathore said it was a very hard job for the department to compile such a detailed information. He also pointed to assistance provided by their relatives settled in the metropolis and said if they were using rented accommodations it would have been much easier for police to track their activities, which was very difficult in present circumstances.