Crackdowns against habitual, professional beggars launched

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Special teams of Police have launched several crackdowns against habitual and professional beg-gars on the directions of Capital City Police Officer Lahore, Additional IG Ghulam Mahmood Dogar to free the provincial capital from this nuisance during year 2022.

Lahore Police, in continuation of its crackdown against professional beggars, has arrested 254 beggars including 249 men and five women from different areas of the city in collaboration withPunjab Child Protection and Welfare Bu-reau(PCPWB) as well as other related departments.

Lahore Police handed over the child beggars to the PCPWB whereas addict adult beggars have been admitted to rehabilitation wards of related hospitals designated by the government in this regards.

Lahore Police have arrested as many as 3,681 professional beggars including 3,518 males and 150 females in ‘Anti Beggary Act’ and registered 3,623 cases against them during this year till now at different Police Stations of the city.

Accordingly, City division Police arrested 763 beggars, Cantt division 546, Civil Lines division Police 425, Iqbal Town division 546, Sadar division 701 whereas Model Town division Police arrested 640 beggars during the crackdown.

City Traffic police have separately moved to register cases against beggars disturbing citizens and the flow of traffic on road junctions and traffic signals.

CCPO Lahore has said that all the divisional SsP have been given special task to arrest professional, fake disable and habitual beggars as most of them have criminal background but feign as beggars.

The personnel of traffic police have been assisting the special teams of Lahore police to curb professional beggary and organized criminal gangs.

CCPO Lahore has appealed the general public to refrain from giving money to these professional and nondeserving beggars as most of them are habitual, involved in crimes.