Sindh CM orders crackdown against street criminals, mafias
KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, in his first meeting at CM House on Sunday after assuming the office, directed the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to launch a crackdown against street criminals.
He said that in his speech on the floor of the house, he had stated that maintenance of law and order would be his top priority and ‘this is why I am holding this meeting on Sunday’. “The street crime was undoing all the government efforts he had taken to restore the law and order in the city; therefore, a decisive action is required to eliminate this evil,” he said.
The IGP told the chief minister that a targeted operation was in progress which would definitely produce good results. The chief minister said that the targeted operation must be made more strict and focused. He directed him to make SHOs responsible for controlling street crimes; otherwise, take strict action against them.
Additional IG Karachi Dr Ameer Shaikh said that there was a drug and other mafias behind the street crimes. He added that those running the racket of beggars in the city were also involved in the street crimes. The chief minister directed IGP to launch an operation against drug mafia, including the peddlers and addicts. “Just after Eid, necessary measures would be taken to send the addicts to the rehabilitation centers or to the welfare organisations,” he said added he did not want to see the beggars standing at all the roundabouts. “There should be an operation against them,” he said.
IGP briefing the chief minister on law and order, said that there were six Police Ranges in the Sindh province with a strength of 123,983 policemen. He added that there were 30 police districts and 623 police stations all over Sindh. Thee chief minister said that if the population of the province was divided with the total strength of the police, there would a ratio of one policeman for 410 people.
The IGP told the chief minister that 10,269 policemen were receiving different trainings, 8300 policemen are on in-service courses, 1237 are receiving training from army training centers, 432 are receiving special training by Pakistan Army and 300 are doing specialized commando courses. The capacity building process as launched by the chief minister during his last tenure was in progress.
The IGP said that the campaign to arrest all proclaimed offenders was in progress and the police station record was also being updated. He also said that during 2018 to date, 622 encounters were conducted in which 1122 accused were arrested red-handed. Some 8,128 criminals have been arrested while busting 396 gangs. In the encounters, 73 criminals were neutralized and two LMG, eight G-3, 145 SMGS and 5204 pistols were recovered.
The chief minister directed IGP to ensure proper maintenance of law and order during Eid days. “After Eid, a comprehensive plan would be worked out to make this city free of street crimes and a similar policy would be launched in other districts of the province where law and order situation is fragile,” he said.