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157 suspects held between April 29 and May 15, meeting told

Sindh IGP Ghulam Nabi Memon presides over a meeting at the CPO on March 30, 2024. — Facebook/Sindh Police

The Sindh police chief has ordered district police officers to lay the groundwork for eliminating crime and criminal gangs in their respective areas before the action of the provincial task force (PTF).

IGP Ghulam Nabi Memon chaired a meeting on Thursday to review the overall performance of the PTF as regards crime fighting. The Anti-Vehicle Lifting Cell SSP, who is the PTF secretary, told the meeting that between April 29 and May 15 they conducted 96 raids against drug, Gutka, Mawa and organised crime mafias at provincial level, and arrested 157 suspects.

According to his report, police arrested 53 suspects in 31 raids across Karachi, and seized 2.9kg hashish, 8mt prepared Gutka and Mawa, 1mt betel nuts and 2.4mt raw material and other substances.

Similarly, police arrested 67 suspects in 38 raids across Hyderabad, Mirpurkhas and Shaheed Benazirabad, seizing 195kg hashish, 6.955kl liquor, 1.2mt Gutka, 8mt raw material, 418kg cannabis and 5.52kg whole plant.

Police also arrested 37 suspects in 27 raids across Sukkur and Larkana, seizing 15kg heroin, 69kg hashish, 70l liquor, 1kg opium, 112kg cannabis and 600kg Gutka.

IGP Memon said that the entire PTF deserves to be praised for performing well as regards crime fighting at provincial level in such a short time. “Your overall performance against crime is praiseworthy and appreciated. Continue this series of performances.”

He said district police officers should lay the groundwork for eliminating crime and criminal gangs in their respective areas before the action of the PTF. The officers concerned will be held responsible for ignorance of crimes in their areas, he added. He ordered the Crime Branch to guide the PTF’s investigating officers so that they can ensure the prevention of crime, drugs, illegal weapons, and Gutka and Mawa. He also ordered the Special Branch to ensure providing the maximum amount of information to guide the PTF so that they can take timely action against criminal activities.

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