Public cooperation sought to wipe out anti-social elements


FAISALABAD – Faisalabad police needed public cooperation to wipe out drug barons, land mafia, touts and god fathers of criminals from the region, said Regional Police Officer (RPO) Aftab Ahmed Cheema while addressing a meeting of lawyers, journalists and local politicians. The meeting was also attended by the superintendent of police (SP), deputy superintendents of police (DSPs) and station house officers (SHOs) of Tandlianwala and Samundary who were there to answer the public inquiries raised by the aggrieved applicants. The RPO asked the police officials of Tandlianwala to reorganise themselves as the circle had a terrible crime record.
He said, “The public is always considered as the eyes and ears of the police” and added that public participation and guidance are of great importance to reform the police. The main objective of Khuli Katchehry was to get first hand knowledge of the problems and complaints of citizens and take action to redress their plights, he said and added that it was not his intention to punish any officer but disciplinary measures were necessary to reform the department. He requested the public to endorse and appreciate the good work of the police officers to inject a sense of public confidence in them. He announced that more Khuli Katchehry hearings will be organised in future to strengthen the public-police bond.
The session called to address the public complaints turned into an embarrassing charge sheet against the police as the complainants brought up piles of grievances against the police. The RPO issued suspension orders of Tandlianwala SHO Inspector Mazhar Shah and Sub-Inspector Muhammad Jahangir for an inordinate delay in the registration of FIR against the criminals and directed the officers concerned to launch a regular departmental inquiry into the allegations of negligence against them. An expert report on the police’s integrity and professionalism says there appears to be an across-the-board consensus that the police as an institution are largely corrupt, often brutal and institutionally incompetent. Consequently, justice is elusive, insecurity is rampant and ordinary people are the worst victims of this system.
However, in an overall scenario and in comparative terms, the police performance is not much different from the output of customs officials, bureaucrats running the provincial and federal secretariats, intelligence services and even the army when it tries to run the country. The RPO’s desire for a crime free Faisalabad has been exhibited at that time when the residents of the city have witnessed a violent month of March in which citizens were robbed of 30.25 million cash, 239 motorcycles, 34 cars, 534 mobiles and an unspecified quantity of gold ornaments in total 150 cases of theft, robbery and street crimes.