LAHORE - Punjab inspector general of police Mushtaq Ahmad Sukhera yesterday ordered the police to step up crackdown on criminals across the province.

According to a police spokesman, the IGP issued these directions after reviewing the law and order situation in the province.

The police chief was presiding over a meeting at the central police office Tuesday. All the regional and district police officers attended the conference through video link while several senior officers were present on this occasion.

The IGP reviewed last quarter’s crime situation of all regions and districts and directed the officers to arrest all offenders involved in murder, dacoity, street crime, kidnapping for ransom, vehicle and motorcycle theft and other crimes.

The meeting also reviewed the traffic management system. On this occasion, the IGP said that strict action should be taken against underage drivers. He directed the authorities to take strict action against issuance of bogus driving licenses. The clerical staff and tout-mafia should be discouraged strictly and the process of driving licenses should be made more transparent and in accordance with law, he added.

The traffic department must ensure strict departmental action against the officials found involved in issuance of driving licenses to ineligible candidates because such drivers pose a serious threats to other citizens, the police chief noted.

He strictly directed the field officers not to use Elite Police Squads for their personal protocol. The officers were asked to ensure the registration of FIRs and entries into police register (Roznamcha) through computerized system by January 1, 2017.

Meanwhile, the IGP directed his department to provide foolproof security to all sittings and processions to be held in connection with Eid Milad-un-Nabi.

 He said that the police should devise a comprehensive security plan for processions in all districts. The police were directed to utilize all available resources to implement the security strategy in effective manners.