Six teams formed to initiate crackdown against professional, criminal beggars

Lahore: On the directions of Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar, Lahore Police in collaboration and coordination with Child Protection and Welfare Bureau Punjab and Social Welfare Department has formulated six special teams to initiate crackdown against professional and criminal record holder beggars to free provincial capital from this nuisance. A meeting was held on Saturday, under the chairmanship of Capital City Police Officer Additional IG Ghulam Mahmood Dogar at his office. Chairperson Child Protection and Welfare Bureau Sara Ahmad, officers of Social Welfare Department, DIG Operations Capt(R) Sohail Chaudhary, CTO Lahore Muntazir Mehdi, SSP Discipline Milubasher Maken and other officers attended the meeting. The personnel of traffic police and CIA will also assist these special teams to curb professional beggary and organized criminal gangs feigned as beggars. Ghulam Mahmood Dogar said the children involved in begging will be handed over to Child Protection and Welfare Bureau whereas addict beggars will be sent to Beggars Homes of Punjab government for rehabilitation purpose. CCPO Lahore further said that FIRs will be registered against the habitual and professional beggars feigning as disabled persons. Police will start campaign along with traffic police to remove beggars from traffic signals and busy roads as well as squires to ensure smooth traffic flow. He appealed the citizens to refrain from giving money to these professional and non deserving beggars as most of them are involved in crimes. Chairperson Child Protection and Welfare Bureau Sara Ahmad lauded the efforts of Lahore police for full support to save children from torture and forced begging.The officers of Punjab Social Welfare department assured their full cooperation to Police and Child Protection and Welfare Bureau in rehabilitation process of children and destitute persons.