RE - In the wake of ban on pillion riding, the City police registered about 600 FIRs detaining 3,800 people along with confiscation of their motorbikes on Thursday, well-placed police sources revealed.
According to them, the ratio may decrease on the second day of ban due to strict security measures as all kinds of vehicular movements will be suspended on the routes of the procession/majalis.
Informed sources claimed that the motorbikes were confiscated under Section 143 of Pakistan Penal Code (PPC), which is applicable when the citizens violate the ban on pillion riding.
The personnel of Lahore Police also detained about 3,800 people from various parts of the provincial capital after they violated Section 144 of PPC, which has also been imposed in the City due to existing tight situation of law and order.
Established sources however claimed that 1/3 number of apprehended people were released when the high-ups of police department and other influential elements intervened minutes after their detention. At least 600 FIRs were also registered against more than 1,500 people at 77 police stations under Section 144.
Sources further maintained that about 700 motorbikes were impounded in the City Police Division, one of the biggest divisions of Lahore Police. However, the ratio reported was comparatively less in other five divisions due to various reasons.
"The police have confined 308 bikes in Cantt Division, 254 in Civil Lines Division, 300 in Model Town Division, 250 in Iqbal Town Division and 208 motorcycles in Saddar Division so far," a top police source in the office of DIG Operations said when contacted.
"Frankly speaking this was a fruitful day for us as we received Rs 300 to 500 per bike and released it along with their motorcyclists," a Moharrar deputed in City Division said on condition of anonymity. Interestingly, he further claimed to receive this amount (Rs 300 to 500) was not a corruption rather they (police officers) were providing this 'facility' to the citizens.
Jamal Shah, a citizen, who claimed to be released from Mozang police station against the aforementioned facility, said he wished to avoid visiting police station/court or any SP Office to get his bike back following the formal procedure.
Talking to this scribe, Operations Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Lahore Police Rao Sardar Ali Khan said, "Definitely those people would be punished who violate the Section 144 as this clause is always imposed to maintain law and order".
He further remarked that owing to prevailing security threats across the country, the citizens should cooperate with the police and other law enforcement agencies. The DIG concluded the entire metropolitan police were on red-alert to thwart any untoward incident.