Action being taken against political workers
By Our Special Correspondent
LAHORE: Following the directions of Inspector General Punjab Police Dr Syed Kaleem Imam, non-discriminatory actions are being taken in all the districts against the political workers who are violating the Election Commission’s code of conduct. In the last 17 days, Punjab Police has registered 379 cases against 4,589 individuals.
Among those who violated the code of conduct, are 949 workers of PTI, 1512 of PML(N), 251 of PPP while legal action has been taken against 1877 supporters of independent candidates and other political parties. Likewise, 228 cases & 293 qalandras have been registered under Goonda Act and 281 people have been arrested whereas 629 cases & 1123 qalandras have been registered and 1079 accused have been arrested under Habitual Offender Act in the last nine days.
IG Punjab has directed all the RPOs and DPOs to ensure the implementation of the code of conduct in their respective regions and districts.
He further said that it is the prime responsibility of Police to provide a peaceful environment to the citizens by taking prompt action against anti-social elements to ensure peace and security in all the districts. He further ordered to increase patrolling hours in the surroundings of sensitive areas during election days and that all possible steps should be taken to ensure safety and security of the rallies, processions and corner meetings.
He further ordered strict surveillance on the entry and exit points of the cities and to further increase the security of the sensitive constituencies.
He said that while providing security to the candidates, it should be ensured that no botherance is caused for law-abiding citizens and that those who violate the law should be dealt with heavy hands.