KARACHI: Sindh Rangers Director General (DG) Major General Mohammad Saeed on Thursday stressed that the City needs an expanded police force in terms of which must also be fully equipped with modern technologies so that they could efficiently maintain law & order situation of a city with a huge population.
Speaking at a meeting during his visit to the Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KCCI), Rangers DG added that under Safe City Project, high-quality cameras have to be installed all over the city to easily identify and apprehend the culprits while tracker enabled chip-based number plates for vehicles/motorcycles to have to be provided which, if implemented, would surely bring down the street crimes.
“The first fundamental requirement is to enhance the number of policemen and install cameras. Secondly, everyone has to participate in order to resolve law and order issues”, he added.
KCCI former president and Businessmen Management Group (BMG) Chairman Siraj Kassam Teli, Vice President Haroon Farooki, KCCI President Junaid Esmail Makda, Senior Vice President Khurram Shahzad, Vice President Asif Sheikh Javaid, former presidents AQ Khalil, Majyd Aziz, Iftikhar Ahmed Vohra, Younus Muhammad Bashir and Shamim Ahmed Firpo along with KCCI Managing Committee members attended the meeting.
Rangers DG pointed out that Karachi has a total of just 31,000 policemen and 110 police stations, of which only 14,000 policemen are available to Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) on any given day with no helicopter fleet, no forensic labs and no other specialised force.
This minimal number of police force is responsible to maintain law and order situation of a city which has remained out of state’s writ for a period of 35 to 40 years.
“Rangers force comprises of 12,000 troops, of which 5,000 are fixed deployed at the Airport, Consulates, Strategic Installations, Rangers Pickets and Red Zone who cannot be moved. Excluding the administration staff, Sindh Rangers hardly has 4,000 troops available and it is these troops who cleansed Karachi from terrorists and criminals during the last 5 years, which must be acknowledged.
In order to effectively deal with car and motorcycle theft and snatching incidents, Rangers DG reiterated the need to introduce tracker enabled chip-based number plates for vehicles/motorcycles so that these could be linked to Centralised Registration Data Bank which, if interfaced with NADRA and RFID system, would help in easily identifying the owners of vehicles and also enable police and rangers to monitor the movement of vehicles.
He said that as motorcycles are used in most of the criminal activities, it should be made mandatory for motorcycle manufacturers to put in-built trackers in their motorcycles as done in many cities around the world and also in Lahore.
With an in-built tracker installed on every motorcycle and cameras all over the city, it would be easy for law enforcing agencies to quickly arrest criminals, he concluded.