LAHORE – City police have chalked out a comprehensive security plan for the New Year’s Eve with thousands of policemen to be deployed across the provincial metropolis to maintain peace. Hundreds of traffic policemen are also alerted to ensure smooth flow of traffic during the New Year’s Night.

Sources said on Saturday that the police are also directed to launch crackdown on wheelers, eve-teasers, bootleggers, and drug pushers.

Officials said that DIG (Operations) Muhammad Tahir Rai has ordered the deployment of more than 7000 policemen at important places, shopping centers, markets, and other crowded places to ensure foolproof security on the eve. The DIG has also ordered the police to step up armed patrolling on leading the City roads besides intensifying snap-checking at the entry and exit points of the provincial metropolis.

“The police have finalized a strategy in this regard. Those found involved in the illegal activities or tried to tease others would be arrest and sent behind the bars, a police officer said. Special arrangements would also be made to control traffic and wheelies in the city as the traffic police are directed to keep a watchful eye so that action in accordance with the law could be taken against the one-wheelers.

It was also learnt that the police are also directed to launch crackdown on those selling of liquor since the liquor sale shoots up in the City ahead on New Year’s Night. In addition, the police have set up pickets across the City to keep a check on the activities of miscreants and drug pushers. Heavy police contingents would also be deployed at the entry and exit points of the city. The traffic officers and circle heads are directed to take stern action against one-wheelers without discrimination and no one could be spared if found involved in this deadly play, officials said.

Found dead: Two people were recovered dead from the Shera Kot and Bhatti Gate police limits on Saturday. Police said that both the men, unidentified so far, were apparently drug addicts. The police have removed the bodies to the morgue for autopsy and are investigating.

IGP talks of bravery: Inspector General of Police (IGP) Punjab Muhammad Habibur Rehman has said that there is no space in the police department for the coward since the society only respects and pays tributes to the brave officers, who put their lives at stake to eliminate the criminals.

The outgoing provincial police chief stated this while addressing policemen in the Gujranwala district on Saturday. RPO Gujranwala Muhammad Amin Wains, CPO Abdul Razzaq Cheema, district police officers of Gujranwala Region, senior officers, and members of City police liaison committee were also present on this occasion.

The IGP said that the officers and officials of Punjab police eliminated the gangs of criminals as they sacrificed their lives in the line of duty.  This force would continue the mission of providing protection to the lives and properties of the citizens.

The IGP said that he himself had constituted a team of good officers which eliminated the gangs of criminals involved in extortion, kidnapping for ransom, and land-grabbing.

Speaking on this occasion, RPO Gujranwala Muhammad Amin said that the police department has entered a new era since Muhammad Habib-ur-Rehman had been appointed as the IGP of the Punjab police. The IGP’s open-door policy has given an opportunity to the people to get their complaints registered at the highest level. This policy also helped the police improve its working.