IGP Ghulam Nabi Memon reviews ongoing operation against criminals in riverine areas; bars police from negotiating with kidnappers for release of hostages
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Sindh Ghulam Nabi Memon, who was on 3-day visit to Sukkur and Larkana range for reviewing the ongoing operation against the criminals in the Ravanti Katcha (Riverine) area, has said that there was massive problem of tribal disputes in northern Sindh where the bandits from different areas were fighting each other in tribal disputes.
According to IGP, the intelligence-based result-oriented operation is underway in the Ravanti Katcah areas.
IGP Sindh inaugurated Shaheed Amanat Dharejo Police picket while inspected 60 other pickets dedicated with the names of the martyred police cops, on the bank of the Indus River.
He told media that the police was getting positive results by improving the APCs. “The effort are to make the police suffer less and the bandits suffer more during the operation,” he said and added that the ongoing operation is giving better results.
To a question, IGP Ghulam Nabi Memon said that the assassination of Prof. Ajmal Sawand is a high-profile case who became a victim of tribal clash. “The wanted accused in Ajmal Sawand case will be arrested soon,” he added.
He said that a mechanism for intelligence-based operation in Katcha areas of Sindh has been devised. “The Police have two ways – to manage the crime or fight against the crime,” he added.
IGP said that the police Jawans and officers have sacrificed their lives for maintaining peace. “It is obvious that if the police will fight, the bandits will suffer.”
He said that vowed peace will be restored and law & order established in Kashmore like it has been done in Hyderabad, Matiari, Khairpur and other districts of province.
He said that citizens and specially the media need to work together with police to eliminate dacoits. “The end of tribal conflicts will be possible only when the people of the area want peace.”
Police seek Army, rangers’ help
He further stated that his department has written a letter to Sindh Governor that we need Rangers and Army soldiers for the operation.
DIG Sukkur Javed Jiskani Sonharo, SSP Ghotki Tanver Hussain Tunio and SSP Sukkur Sanghaar Malik accompanied him.
Earlier, IGP Ghulam Nabi Memon along with DIG Larkana Mazhar Nawaz Shaikh, SSP Shikarpur Faizan Ali, SSP Kashmore-Kandhkot Irfan Ali Samo and SSP Ghotki Tanveer Hussain Tunio visited the Katcha area of Shikarpur and Kashmore-Kandhkot.
SSP Shikarpur and SSP Kashmore-Kandhkot briefed him about the police pickets established in the Katcha areas.
IGP Sindh told policemen while addressing them in Kashmore-Kandhkot that the sacrifices of the police in the line of duty will never be forgotten.
He said that no doubt police were facing difficulties in the operation due to lack of the modern weapons, but police were utilizing all of its resources and sources to restore peace especially in Katcha areas.
“Eliminating the criminals was a priority of Sindh Police,” he said.
Dogs to be kept at Police Pickets
Meanwhile, it has been decided in a meeting chaired by IGP Sindh Ghulam Nabi Memon to use the domesticated dogs in the operation against criminals in Ravanti Katcha area of the Ghotki.
According to decision, four trained dogs will be kept at each of the 60 checkpoints constructed at the protective embankment.
Police sources said that the SHOs have been instructed to keep an eye with the help of dogs on the activities of criminals. Eight personnel and four dogs will be kept at one picket.
During the visit to Kandhkot and Shikarpur, IGP Sindh also ordered the SSPs to free the people who have been held hostage by the bandits.
It was further learnt that the names of suspicious police officers of Ghotki, Shikarpur and Kashmore having contacts with criminals have been included in the gray list.
According to the sources, it was told in the briefing during the meeting chaired by IG Sindh that certain policeman and officers have been part of the deal to recover the hostages by talking to the bandits in the past and were involved in patronizing the crime in Kashmore, Shikarpur and Ghotki districts.
IGP Ghulam Nabi Memon directed the DIGs of Larkana and Sukkur to prepare the list and after verification the officers and personnel included in the gray list will be transferred from the range.
He strictly directed that in cases of kidnapping for ransom, there should be no negotiations with the kidnappers at any level. “The hostages should be recovered through police action.”
Sources said that during the meeting, it was revealed that the mobile phones of the people who were rescued from various parts, were being used by Kidnappers.
IGP Sindh has formed a team consisting of CIA and CPLC officials, who will block the numbers and mobile phones after verifying the given list of numbers.
SSP Shikarpur transferred
Meanwhile, a notification was issued according to which SSP Shikarpur Captain retired Faizan Ali was transferred while charge of SSP Shikarpur has been given to Irfan Ali Samo, SSP Kashmore-Kandhkot.
IGP Sindh during his three-day visit to Sukkur and Larkana police range had taken notice of the frequent incidents of crimes in Shikarpur district.
PPHI Dispenser kidnapped
IGP Sindh also took notice of the kidnapping of dispenser of PPHI from Khairpur, who belonged to Hindu community. .
Reports said that five days ago kidnappers at a Link road Palh near Therhi in Khairpur had kidnapped Dispenser of PPHI Chettan Mal when he was on the way to duty.
The parents of the kidnapped dispenser said that SSP Khairpur and his team were only consoling them of recovering their man, but they did not take any action.
They said that minority community living in the different cities of Sindh has already become the victim of extortion and are living in fear.