rawalpindi - Regional Police Officer (RPO) Wisal Fakhar Sultan Raja has expressed his deep concerns over growing business of narcotics, increase in gambling dens and Sheesha centres in the city and has given 15 days to police to eliminate all the dens and sheesha centres.

He also directed the station house officers to remain present in police stations for one or two hours to listen to the public complaints. “Police are custodian of lives and properties of the people and it should behave with victims politely and deal with criminals and goons with iron hands,” he said. The RPO asked police officers not to bow before any political pressure in dispensation of justice to poor and helpless people. The RPO issued these directions while addressing a Police Darbar at the Police Line Number 1 yesterday.

The Police Darbar organised on directions of Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shehbaz Sharif and Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mushtaq Ahmed Sukhera, was attended by City Police Officer (CPO) Israr Ahmed Khan Abbasi, SSP (Operations) Irfan Tariq, SP Potohar Division Muhammad Ateeq Tahir, ASP Gujar Khan Circle Muhammaz Ayaz Umrani, DSP Waris Khan Circle Raja Taifoor, DSP Murree Raza Khan, DSP Kahuta Chaudhry Ijaz, other DSPs, SHOs and senior and junior police officers.

Addressing the Darbar, the RPO said the narcotics and gambling dens were being operated by criminals in the district without any fear or police action. He gave 15 days deadline to police officers for eliminating the drugs and gambling dens, saying strict action would be taken against the police officers over failure in this regard. He asked the SHOs to spare one or two hours for complainants daily. He also asked the senior police officers to constitute special police teams to curb crime from the city.

Besides guarding the lives and properties of public, he said, Punjab police have been battling with terrorists to kick them out from country.

He said the police force has rendered countless sacrifices for maintaining law and order situation in the province.

He said that CM and IG Punjab have announced up-gradation of constables, head constables and assistant sub-inspectors besides doubling the compensation for martyred from Rs5 million to Rs10 million. “Now all the police officers should work with dedication and commitment and should improve their performance,” he said.

Later, RPO also chaired a meeting in his office, which was also attended by CPO, SSP (Operations) and other police officers. The RPO asked the police officers to make a comprehensive mechanism for controlling bank robberies, dacoities and street crime. 

The numbers of police pickets should also be enhanced to control vehicle theft, he said.

The RPO also asked the police to enhance security around Imambargahs during Moharram ul Harram besides imposing ban on use of loudspeakers. The SHOs and DSPs should enhance patrolling in their areas and keep a vigil on hardcore criminals, he said. He said all the entry of controversial Ulema and Zakrins should be banned.