IGP stresses on strong investigation, prosecution to curb crimes

Inspector General Police Punjab Dr. Usman Anwar has said that the real formula of crime control is to get the anti-social elements and criminals punished through the courts, so the investigation officers in all the districts of the province should work hard, use modern scientific methods and their skills in order to bring habitual and professional criminals especially those wanted in serious crimes behind the bars as soon as possible.

Whereas, focus should be kept upon arrest of proclaimed offenders inside country and abroad. On the orders of IG Punjab, along with timely registration of cases, police teams are working day and night across the province to bring the investigation of serious cases to a logical conclusion at the earliest with modern scientific methods of investigation. The monitoring teams of Investigation Wing Punjab under the supervision of Additional IG Investigation Sultan Chaudhry have submitted challans to the courts while completing the investigation of 43 serious crime cases.

These 43 cases include dacoity murder, kidnapping for ransom, gang rape, rape of children and women, blind murder and other heinous cases. According to the details in Lahore, Gujranwala and Sheikhupura, challans of 07 cases of dacoity and robbery, 17 cases of gang rape and abuse of children and women, two cases of child abduction, 4 cases of double and triple murder, two cases of kidnapping for ransom and six cases of blind murder, two cases of murder during dacoity, two cases of rape during dacoity and one case of acid attack were submitted to the courts. The police teams arrested 85 dangerous criminals in these cases, while 25 were declared proclaimed offenders by the courts. Similarly, gold ornaments and cash worth about three crore rupees were recovered from possession of accused.

IG Punjab commended the monitoring teams for completing the investigation of serious cases with effective follow-up and submitting challan and said that the investigating officers should complete the trial as soon as possible while maintaining close contact with the Prosecution Department. IG Punjab directed Additional IG Investigation to ensure monitoring of the investigation of the most serious cases at the Investigation Headquarters.

Moreover, on the direction of IG Punjab, the series of arrests of absconding proclaimed offenders abroad wanted in serious crimes is also continuing and since January 24, Punjab Police has arrested 15 dangerous proclaimed offenders who had fled abroad and brought them back to Pakistan.

The team of CIA Gujranwala has brought Nasrullah, a dangerous proclaimed offender wanted in serious crimes, from South Africa to the country. The accused was wanted by the police in four cases under the murder, attempted murder, extortion and terrorism act.  According to the details, the proclaimed offenders arrested from abroad are Ali Yasin, Muhammad Younis, Shams Shehzad, Zaheer Ahmed, Muhammad Junaid, Umar Shehzad, Javed Iqbal, Muhammad Khalil Khan, Ali Hasnain, Owais Khurshid, Ghayyure Abbas, Sohabe Ghani, Shahid Mehmood and Shehbaz. These accused were wanted in serious incidents including terrorism, murder, extortion, attempted murder, robbery, dacoity and  kidnapping for ransom and have been arrested from Gulf countries, Europe, South Africa, Great Britain, Denmark and America and brought back to Pakistan.