Islamabad police intensify operation against beggars, 1,506 arrested

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Zubair Qureshi

The Islamabad Police have intensified operation against beggars and alm seekers and in this regard special crackdown was launched against professional alm seekers and their hand-lers.

According to a police spokesperson, the operation was conducted with the purpose to curb this menace and 1,506 beggars were nabbed during the last one month.

Following directions of IGP Islamabad Qazi Jamil ur Rehman, DIG (Operations) Islamabad Afzaal Ahmed Kausar constituted special teams to ensure arrest of beggars, their handlers while legal process is being ensured to register FIRs against the professional alm-seekers.
These teams arrested 1,506 professional beggars from various areas of the city during the last one month.

DIG Islamabad directed to shift 255 women, 415 children, 212 girls and 208 men involved in begging at Edhi Centers and child centers while cases were registered against 351 professional alm-seekers.

Loi Bher police also arrested beggars as well as their handlers who used to leave them in Islamabad from Mandra on daily basis and get money from
them.

SSP (Operations) Islamabad Dr Syed Mustafa Tanveer has said that this social evil would be curbed and those backing the professional beggars would be dealt with an iron hand.
He said that strict action would be taken against beggars those found around commercial centers, signals and other business areas.

Specials squads have been constituted to curb begging practice and performance of these squads is being reviewed on daily basis.

SSP said this campaign against the professional alm-seekers will be made more effective and strict action to be taken against those who force children and women to adopt the ugly business.