KARACHI - At least 72 personnel of law-enforcement agencies became victim of targeted killings in year 2012, which include 65 of police, four of Intelligence Bureau, two personal of Rangers and one of Excise Police.IG police informed this to Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah at a high-level meeting on law and order at the CM Secretariat on Thursday. IG Police Sindh Fayyaz Ahmed Leghari in his presentation informed that there were 3,116 offences during the year 2012 which include 2665 murders, 244 kidnappings for ransom, 98 dacoitee/robberies, 18 bank dacoities and 89 offences of highways dacoities/robberies. He said that in all, 1702 persons were killed during the year 2012 up till September 27 which include 299 of target killing, 54 of dacoity/robbery or snatching, 1279 persons killed due to personal enmity or any reason other than target killing, while there were 70 unknown dead bodies. With regard to killings in September, the IGP informed that there were 114 killings up till September 27, 2102 which include 16 target killings and 98 other killings. Leghari said that during 2012, police conducted 7143 raids and arrested 2462 criminals including 151 target killers. He informed that 263 persons were kidnapped in the province in 2012, out of which 245 were recovered and 21 are outstanding.The CM said that since last few days, against the activities of criminals, target killers and anti-social elements had resurged, which are to be handled with iron hand and strategic manners. He said that our efforts should be to curb the activities of criminals and for the purpose, law-enforcement agencies and administration should evolve effective strategy. Qaim said, “Karachi is a big City with rapidly increasing population reaching near to 3 crore. He appreciated the overall performances of police and rangers particularly controlling the situation on September 21. The CM termed the current law and order situation as a challenging one and conditions prevailing in the province particularly in Karachi which needed to be controlled accordingly so as to provide relief to the people, common men, traders, businessmen, industrialists, labour, government employees etc. He said that drastic action be taken against those who are indulged in terrorist and criminal activities. Syed Qaim Ali Shah directed that the internal and external ways, roads, train transport junctions, bus stands be got monitored also the people coming and going from and towards Sindh province be properly checked at check posts and all points of borders of province so as to detect criminals, ammunitions and drugs. Chief Minister Sindh also directed LEAs to enhance the patrolling by police and rangers not only day time but also at the night hours so as to crush the criminal activities accordingly. He hoped that the activities and actions of terrorists, target killers and criminals be eliminated with prompt measures. He further said that there should be random checking of arms, ammunition, drugs, in buses, trucks, trains and other sources oftransport all over the province. He appreciated that investigation branch in police department has been separated and directed that investigation branch be headed by a D.I.G Police. He stressed upon the Police department to raise the moral of forces, so as to detect and control the law and order, and hoped that peace will be restored with Joint efforts of police, rangers, LEA’s, politicians and general public. He also directed the police and rangers to increase the number of surprise raids and snap checking’s. Chief Minister Sindh also emphasized the need to have close liason, cooperation and coordination between investigation and information branches of police department. The meeting was attended among others by Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Enam Memon, Chief Secretary Sindh Raja Muhammad Abbas, Director General Rangers Sindh Maj. Gen Rizwan Akhtar, Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Mr. Waseem Ahmed, Additional I.G Police Sindh Mr. Iqbal Mehmood, Commissioner Karachi Mr. Roshan Ali Shaikh, D.I.G’s of Police of East, West and South and heads of law enforcing agencies.