LAHORE – Crimes of heinous nature had decreased by 15 per cent in Saddar Police Division during the past three months since more than 450 proclaimed offenders (POs) and 469 court absconders (CAs) were rounded up and at least 19 notorious gangs were busted during this period, Saddar SP Operations Capt (r) Liaqat Ali Malik claimed on Tuesday.

He said 30 gangsters listed in Top-10 category, two in Top-20 category, one in Top-50 category, one in Black Book, 120 POs of A-category and 338 POs of B-category, and 469 CAs – eight of A and 461 of B category – were arrested during the past three months.

Similarly, the SP said, 66 desperate gangsters associated with 19 gangs involved in kidnappings for ransom, murders, lynchings, armed robberies, rape, gang rape and other heinous offences were rounded up from different parts of the City during this period.

Talking about the possession of illegal firearms, Capt (r) Liaqat said 274 cases had been registered against culprits; and three Kalashnikovs, seven rifles, four guns, 251 revolvers and two carbines had been also recovered from their possession.

Answering a query pertaining to the flourishing business of drugs, the SP said a special crackdown had been launched against drug-peddlers and addicts. “No less than 249 drugs peddlers have been arrested; and 4kg heroine, 60kg charas and 3,245 bottles of liquor had been recovered from their possession. Also, three liquor-manufacturing factories have been shut down,” he informed.

Similarly, 191 anti-social elements were nabbed from different brothel houses and 17 cases lodged against them, Capt (r) Liaqat said. “A comparative study shows crimes of heinous nature and street crimes have decreased by 15 and 14.5 per cent, respectively. Similarly, the rate of nabbing gangsters has increased during the past three months,” he concluded.

Meanwhile, specially qualified shooters will be deployed at sensitive police pickets and other security zones herein the Punjab capital within a couple of weeks, starting from Saddar Police Circle on Wednesday (today).