LAHORE: Over 12,000 police officials will perform security duties at religious places, important markets, bazaars and government and private sensitive buildings during the holy month of Ramazan to avoid any untoward incident across the provincial metropolis.
A senior police officer said that due to current law and order situation, holidays and transfers/postings in the police department have been totally banned during Ramazan. He said that foolproof security arrangement has been finalised to provide security to 3,586 mosques and imambargahs in the city as well as to maintain law and order situation. He added that snipers would be also performed their duties on the rooftop of 268 highly sensitive mosques and imambargahs of the city.
Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Zulifiqar Hameed chaired an emergency meeting on security issues on Saturday, which was attended by representatives of all law-enforcement agencies and members of district peace committees. All divisional superintendents of police (SPs), assistant superintendents of police (ASPs) and deputy superintendents of police (DSPs) from both the operation and investigation wings also attended the meeting. The meeting decided to review security arrangements of all sensitive places afresh.
According to CCPO’s spokesperson, police high-ups have passed on strict directions to police officials to ensure patrolling in their respective areas and pay surprise visits at pickets set up within their jurisdictions.
He said that upon receipt of these directives, all police officers delivered strict orders to all station house officers (SHOs) to ensure the implementation of Ramazan security plan at important religious places, markets, bazaars and other public places such as offices and residences within their respective areas.
Different SHOs, requesting anonymity, told Daily Times that they have already met with local influential and were monitoring mosques and other places of worship, main bazaars, especially entry and exist points of these bazaars, within their jurisdiction.
They said that administrations of all ‘A Category’ mosques have been directed to maintain lighting inside and outside mosques as well as in the adjoining streets. They said that all administrations of mosques and other places must set up walkthrough gates, equip personnel with metal detectors, install CCTV cameras and deploy four or five private security guards. Moreover, they said that administrations of all mosques and important places have also been directed to display signboards inscribed with precautionary measures for visitors.
CCPO Zulfiqar Hameed said that they would adopt an extraordinary security plan for religious places, markets, bazaars, important government and private building and other places during the holy month. He added that they had also beefed up security at all other religious and important places.
The City Traffic Police (CTP) also claimed to have made special arrangements to ensure smooth vehicular traffic on city’s thoroughfares during the holy month of Ramazan.
According to CTP spokesman, 25 inspectors and 260 wardens under the supervision of DSPs were performing duties on city roads. Similarly, he said, extra wardens would be deployed on busy arteries, including underpasses of Canal Road. The wardens would also be assigned special duties around all the leading mosques during night prayers, he said and added that the chief traffic officer had also directed wardens to keep a vigilant eye on suspected elements and suspicious movements during religious ceremonies and prayers.
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