LAHORE Capital City Police Officer Ahmad Raza Tahir on Wednesday reiterated that the police would ensure implementation of a complete ban on rallies and processions on Mall Road in order to provide peaceful atmosphere to the business community and to avoid traffic mess at the leading artery. He said that the court orders regarding the complete ban on rallies and processions on Mall Road would be implemented at all cost. The CCPO stated this while talking a 10-member delegation of the Mall Road Traders Association here on Wednesday. DIG Operations Ghulam Mehmood Dogar, CTO Captain Ahmad Mobeen, SP Civil Lines Umer Saeed were also present on this occasion. He also said that priority based security had been provided to the business centres and markets of the city so that it can be protected from nefarious designs of criminal elements. He said that in order to bring law and order situation under control, the business community would have to work in close liaison with the law enforcement agencies. He informed the business community that the officers and Jawans of Lahore Police have been directed to bring about a positive change in Thana culture and keep their attitude towards the visiting citizens highly sympathetic and sincere. Meanwhile, the CCPO while addressing a press conference here at Police Lines Qila Gujjar Singh claimed that the police have smashed two gangs of car-lifters by arresting their 20 members and also recovered 225 vehicles from their possession during the last couple months. The police have also arrested 67 proclaimed offenders and 71 court absconders during the same period, Ahmad Raza Tahir added. The CCPO said that Anti Vehicle Staff Lahore (AVLS) have taken 906 vehicles under section 550-ZF in its custody during the current year in which 638 cases were traced of Lahore district and 102 cases from other districts while 166 tampered vehicles are being examined from forensic laboratory. Similarly, the police have taken 557 motorcycles under in its custody. The police have also traced 497 cases of motorcycle lifting from Lahore and 17 cases from other districts while 63 tampered motorcycles are being examined from the laboratory. Ahmad Raza Tahir said that special steps are being taken to eliminate incidents of vehicle lifting. Pickets were set up at the entrance and exit points of the city in this regard, he said, adding the AVLS teams were sent to other cities for checking and recovery of stolen vehicles. He also distributed keys of the recovered vehicles among the owners on the occasion. According to an official hand out, Ahmad Raza Tahir said that practical steps would be taken to eliminate the scourge of narcotics from the City from its roots within three years. He ordered Lahore Police to take strict legal steps against drug peddlers during its special crackdown against them. He warned that early eradication of drug dens in the city should be ensured, otherwise officers concerned would also be proceeded against, as per law, under whose areas drug dens are found operating. Ahmad Raza Tahir, who is also Chairman of Lahore Drug Free City Project, stated this during a high-level meeting held in this regard here Wednesday. The Focal person of the Project, SSP Discipline and Inspection Shariq Kamal including other senior officers; were also present on this occasion. CCPO informed that the list of top 100 drug peddlers has been prepared and stern action would be taken against them, as the elimination of drug peddling is on top priority of Lahore Police. The CCPO informed that enforcement teams have been constituted.