LAHORE  - Police raided more than 48 religious schools located in different parts of the provincial metropolis and cleared 2026 students after proper checking, officials claimed on Wednesday.

They revealed that 11 religious leaders wanted to the police in the 4th Schedule were found missing during the checking of 25 persons. The police have begun searching the whereabouts of the “sectarian activists” placed on 4th Schedule of ATA 1997.

A police spokesman said on Wednesday that during the checking of 25 sectarian activists, placed under the 4th Schedule, at least 10 were found present while 11 were missing. The remaining four are already jailed. A police investigator said that those placed under the 4th schedule are legally bound to inform the police about their movement or activities on regular basis.  The police spokesman also said that on the orders of the Lahore Operations Police Chief, DIG Jawad Ahmed Dogar, the police launched search operation across the city. “The police, in Lahore, inspected 2026 students of 48 Madrassas. Such search operations are part of the police campaign to ensure peaceful elections,” the police spokesman claimed in an official handout issued on Wednesday.

Also, on the orders of Inspector General of Police (IGP) Punjab, Aftab Sultan, the Special Cell set up in the Operation Branch of the Central Police Office (CPO) Punjab has been working to ensure proper implementation of the Code of Conduct for the Elections 2013 and to take immediate action against the violators.

In this regard, AIG (Operations) Ali Nasir Rizvi presented the second Monitoring Report to the IGP today about action taken against the violators of Code of Conduct on April 16 and 17 in different districts of the province.

Reportedly , only one incident of aerial firing was reported in Okara district and 11 cases were registered against the violators on the charges of display of weapons including two cases in Chiniot, two in Gujranwala, two in Narowal, two in Gujrat, one in Hafizabad, and two Mandi Bahauddin districts. 

At least 18 cases of illegal weapons were also reported in different districts including six in Chiniot, six in Sheikhupura, two in Gujrat, two in Bhakkar, and one in Nankana and one in Gujranwala districts. 

The police reported a total of 30 cases against the violators of code of conduct in 10 districts of the province including eight in Chiniot, six in Sheikhupura, one in Nankana, three in Gujranwala, two in Narowal, four in Gujrat, two in Mnadi Bahauddin, one in Hafizabad, and one case in Okara.  The police arrested 32 people in these cases including eight from Chiniot, six from Sheikhupura, one from Nankana, three from Gujranwala, five from Narowal, four from Gujrat, two from Mnadi Bahauddin, one from Hafizabad, and two from Bhakkar.