KARACHI: A reduction of about 70% in almost all heads of crimes has been recorded in Sindh province during the year 2014. The police paid special focus against terrorism, target killings, kidnapping for ransom, extortion and dacoities. Due to targeted police activities, 798 criminal elements were killed in 3881 encounters, whereas 49,697 criminals were arrested from 01 January to 30 December 2014.
This was informed by IGP Sindh Ghulam Haider Jamali during a review meeting regarding law and order situation at Central Police Office here on Wednesday. It was disclosed in the meeting that during 2014, 3648 murders were reported as compared to 4778 murders during 2013, showing a substantial decline of 1130.
The meeting was further informed that as much as 13,140 arms and ammunition were recovered from the possession of the criminal elements including 441 KKs, SMGs, MP-5, 8 G-3&LMG, 10,468 pistols & revolves, 305 rifles, 1185 repeaters & shotguns and 672 hand grenades, bombs, LEDs and rockets during the given period. The police also recovered 655 kg explosives and 51 suicide jackets and detonators.
The report added that during the year 2014, a total of 183 police personnel embraced martyrdom and 212 suffered injuries in fighting against the crimes and criminals.
According to the details, the meeting further informed that 136 policemen in Karachi and 47 others in other police ranges of the provinces were martyred. Twenty five police personnel were martyred in January and four in December 2014, the chair was informed.
IGP was further informed that various capacity building measures have been adopted to enhance professional acumen for policemen. Thirty five APCs bomb proof and 100 bullet proof mobiles are also being included in the fleet of Sindh police. Likewise, bullet proof jackets, cars and other such modern gadgets would help police to act effectively against the criminal elements.
Similarly, under intelligence led policing, revamping of special branch and counter terrorism initiates have been taken. Forensic division is being upgraded and work on establishment of DNA Lab within the premises of forensic division is under progress.
Policing is also focusing on promotion of community policing and gender responsive policing, the meeting added.
IGP said that the confidence of masses was being restored in police and LEAs because of focused operations against criminals in Karachi.
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