LAHORE Inspector General of Police (IGP) has ordered the audit of official and case properties in the police stations across the Punjab province in order to find out embezzlement in the police department. Well-placed sources said that that the IGP Tariq Saleem Dogar wanted to achieve this task before his retirement, most probably by the end of next month. The monitoring committees will submit their findings to the IGP after inspecting the records of around 650 police stations of the Punjab province. The committee will also forward their recommendations regarding the corruption and embezzlement if found somewhere, a senior police officer, who is privy to the development told TheNation here on Saturday. The IGP has constituted special committee comprising senior police officers to ensure maintenance of the police record. The special monitoring committees have been constituted across the Punjab at district level. The heads of the committees have been directed to carry out surprise visits to the police stations to monitor the physical availability and registration of the properties confiscated by the police in different cases so far. The IGP also directed the committees to register cases against the policemen found involved in embezzlement during the survey. Police sources believed that most of the officials avoid registration of confiscated property in the police record and utilize it for their own interests, which is a criminal negligence and corruption. Whenever the police carry out raids or arrest the accused, the recovered valuables, related the case, are considered case property like illegal weapons, cash, gold ornaments and moveable property. The police are bound to maintain its record in the official register but ironically this practice is very rare in the police stations of the province. The policemen pocket the seized property by pressurizing the accused persons. Similarly, according to the law, the police are also bound to maintain the record of official property at each police stations of the province. In order to embezzle the government funds, senior police officers in connivance with their sub-ordinates avoid registering the official property while they carry out repair and maintenance of the official buildings only in papers. This thorough audit of the case and official properties would help unearth massive cases of funds embezzlement in the police department, sources said, adding, the monitoring committees have begun the audit and would submit their reports before the deadline. The IGP has nominated head of the Police Training School Maj. (retd) Mubashir to carry out the survey of the police stations in the Lahore district in this regard.