Adequate measures taken to control beggary in federal capital: Senate told

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Minister of State for Law and Justice Senator Shahadat Awan on Thursday said Islamabad Police had taken adequate measures to control beggary in the federal capital.

Responding to Senator Mushtaq Ahmed’s question in Senate, he said two Anti-Beggary Squads had been established to apprehend the beggars including the minor children loitering in the areas of Islamabad at various points. These squads were comprised of two upper sub-ordinate, six Jawans/officials and two Lady constables under the supervision of Additional Superintendent of Police Operations and Deputy Superintendent of Police/Rescue-15, he added.

Shahadat said the patrolling system within Islamabad Capital Territory had been revamped and Station House Officers of all the Police Stations had been strictly directed to utilize their mobiles as well as staff from Rescue 15 to curb this social evil. He said a control room had also been established at Rescue-15 under the supervision of a gazette officer and progress regarding the performance of Nakas (police pickets) was being monitored on daily basis.

He said special deployments of Jawans/Officials had also been made from time to time in market areas beside Anti-Beggary Squads and Mobile Patrolling. He informed that the federal capital had been divided in different beats and experienced officers had been deputed in each beat to observe the activities of beggars. There was one Falcon (vehicle) patrolling in each beat and the officers/officials deployed on patrolling duty had also been briefed for checking of the beggars while moving in the areas, he maintained.

Shahadat said for the elimination/control on beggary, a monthly security duty programme was properly being issued. He said the personnel of Traffic Division had also been deployed at different signals with the directions to arrest the beggars including male/female/children found bagging there adding the officials of Special Branch had also been deployed at different markets/places in civvies to eliminate this menace.

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