LAHORE - City police yesterday approved a comprehensive security plan to maintain peace and law and order on the eve of New Year.

Lahore DIG (Operations) Dr Haider Ashraf said that the “police have chalked out a detailed security strategy keeping in view the threat alerts” on the eve of New Year night.

“Police security has been intensified particularly around churches and at all the entry and exit points of the metropolis”. The officer said that several special police squads are constituted to deal with eve-teasers and miscreants.

Haider Ashraf yesterday unveiled the security strategy while addressing a meeting of the field officers at the Police Lines Qila Gujjar Singh. SP (Headquarters) Omar Saeed, SP (Security) Liaqat Ali Malik, SP Traffic Muhammad Asif, and SP Mobiles Syed Karrar Hussain were also present in the meeting.

On this occasion, the DIG ordered the police to strictly monitor the hotels and guesthouses located in their respective areas. The officer also warned that the police would take strict action in case of complaints regarding immoral activities at the hotels, guesthouses and private farmhouses.

A spokesman for the Lahore police yesterday confirmed that thousands of policemen would be deployed across the metropolis to ensure foolproof security. The traffic police were directed to take strict action against those found involved in one-wheeling and those riding silencer-less motorbikes on city roads.

Haider Ashraf directed the field officers to intensify armed patrolling around churches and beef-up security at shopping malls, public places, and around important buildings.

The Police Response Units will patrol city roads to maintain peace on the New Year night and hundreds of commandoes would be employed around key government installations in the metropolis.

A police officer said that a massive crackdown was already launched in the metropolis against the proclaimed offenders and hardened criminals ahead of the New Year night. The police spokesperson also appealed to the parents to keep a strict check on their children and help police discourage the deadly trend of one-wheeling.