Industrial zones given bigger police protection, says Sindh AIG
Posted on 9 months ago
KARACHI: Additional Inspector General (AIG) Sindh Police, Iqbal Mehmood has assured the industrialists that the Karachi police will soon be equipped with mobile locaters so that extortion and kidnapping for ransom cases would be controlled effectively.
Addressing a luncheon meeting at Korangi Association of Trade and Industry (KATI) Iqbal Mahmood said that Neighborhood Watch Programme (NWP) initiated by KATI and PTA in collaboration with CPLC would be fully supported by the police department and vehicles and police force would be duly provided for this ambitious plan. He said that police vehicles which were withdrawn from Korangi Industrial Area (KIA) earlier would soon be returned.
He also announced to enhance police personnel for smooth flow of traffic in KIA.
He said that encroachments on Road 5000 along National Refinery would be removed within couple of days. He instantly ordered SSP Police Korangi to comply with the orders accordingly. He said that due to target killing in the city about 175 people have lost their lives so far during current months while this figure was greater last month.
He said that target killing usually starts after eight every evening. He revealed that as a result of this wave of violence in the city over 58 police officials have lost their lives during the current year. He complained about less number of police personnel in Karachi due to which an effective crime control in the city is becoming very difficult. He said that out of 29,000 police personnel about 8,000 to nine thousand are on VIP protocol duty and as a consequence of shortage many important places are difficult to be monitored.
He said that Crime Monitoring Cell (CMC) will be established in all seven industrial estates of the city.
Earlier, Patron In-Chief, KATI, S M Muneer expressed his concern over increasing cases of extortion and kidnapping for ransom which has made next to impossible for the business community to continue its business peacefully. He said that some political parties are also involved in the extortion cases in the city which is alarming. He said that police officials complain that whenever they apprehend any criminal they immediately get a call from influential to release him. He lamented those who are patronizing criminals.
He said that initiative of PTA-KATI programme of Neighborhood Watch in collaboration with CPLC is a welcome move and hoped that it would improve law and order situation in Sector 7-A. Chairman KATI Ehtesham Uddin demanded in his welcome address to reinforce police patrolling in KIA so that street crimes in the area should be controlled. He further demanded to enhance traffic police in the area for smooth traffic flow. He said that honest and dutiful police officers should not be transferred from KIA.
President All Karachi Industrial Alliance, Mian Zahid Hussain while expressing his grave concern over ever increasing extortion in Karachi said that Bhatta Mafia is now sending bullets and hand grenade along with ‘bhatta’ demand. He said that despite the lapse of six months the Karachi Police is yet receive mobile locaters. He said that police should be equipped electronically so that aces of extortion and kidnapping should be curbed effectively.
He suggested the AIG to also equip all police stations in Karachi with broadband and emailing system in order to improve their efficiency. Chairman Law and Order Committee, Nadeem Khan and member Zubair Chhaya also demanded of the AIG to return police vehicles to KIA which were withdrawn.
They requested to provide infrastructure for Neighborhood watch programme in Sector 7-A.
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