LAHORE - Notwithstanding the government’s tall claims of improving its style of governance and reforms in police culture, a senior police officer held an open court in Wapda Town on Wednesday where everybody complained of the police attitude, sloth and apathy towards removing public grievances. Such complaints, greatly embarrassing the senior officer, rejected the claims of government about improvement in the police performance.

DIG (Operations) Dr Haider Ashraf came down hard on the policemen when he came to know that the cops were not arresting the accused persons despite registration of criminal cases. He also expressed his dissatisfaction over the police performance when he was informed that some policemen were using delaying tactics in registering cases related to armed robberies and theft.

A good number of residents of Johar Town, Wapda Town, Sabzazar, Punjab Society, Hanjarwal, and Thokar Niaz Baig appeared before the DIG and complained about the rise in street crimes. Some of the complainants were of the view that there were no police patrolling during the night. They also complained that the incidents of street crimes are on the rise in the absence of police patrolling.

A housewife, Ayesha Bibi, approached the DIG police during at the open-court and told him that she had got a criminal case registered against three accused persons but the police officials did not even arrest them.

Muhammad Arif, another resident of Wapda Town, also complained that police were not conducting raids to arrest the accused persons despite the fact that a criminal case had been registered against them.

After listening to the complainants, the DIG admonished Satu Katla SHO Ahsan Ashraf Butt and Sabzazar police station In-charge (Investigation) Nasir Baig in front of the complainants. He also ordered the policemen to arrest the persons nominated in the FIRs within a week, warning them of strict action against any negligence.

The DIG also directed the security in-charge of Wapda Town that no extra entry or exit points should remain open during night. The DIG also ordered the police to step up night patrolling across the provincial metropolis.

While addressing the participants of the open court, the DIG urged the people to join hands with the police to eliminate terrorism, extremism and crimes from the society.

Haider Ashraf also listened to the complainants one by one and issued orders to redress the genuine grievances of the public. He warned the policemen that strict departmental action would be taken against those found involved in malpractice or misuse of power. He also directed the divisional police officers to take action on public complaints and report back to his office on daily and weekly basis.