LAHORE – Punjab Highway Patrol (PHP) arrested 27 culprits on charges of their involvement in smuggling illegal firearms and narcotics, and for other offences during a massive crackdown against the desperate criminals on Monday.

Police recovered huge quantity of narcotics, liquor, firearms, cash, cell phones and other stolen valuables from their possession.

The arrested men have been identified as Ghafoor, Ramzan, Zulfiqar, Muhammad Aslam, Shehzad, Zubair, Sikhawat Ali, Waris, Riasat Ali, Muhammad Ramzan, Younis, Irfan, Munir, Younis, Sajjad, Javed, Iqbal Falak Sher, Sagheer Ahmad, Farman Ali, Sajjad, Liaqat Ali, Khizer Hayat, Nadeem Ahmad, Iqbal, Nazir Ahmed and Shahid Iqbal.

PHP teams have handed over the accused to local police for further action. Meanwhile, Nawab Town police have apprehended a notorious drug peddler named Zulfiqar Masih alias Japhi, a resident of Raiwind Road. Police have also recovered 1,010 gram charas from his possession.

DRIVERS BOOKED: City Traffic Police claimed to have impounded 123 rashly driven vehicles and their drivers during the last month. The spokesman said special speed checking teams have been constituted and deputed at the Lahore Ring Road and Canal Bank Road for the aforesaid purpose. The action is underway against the violators of traffic rules and regulations.

CASH SNATCHER HELD: Mujahid Squad arrested a notorious dacoit who used to snatch cash from the victims holding them on gunpoint inside the ATMs. An official handout says the dacoit identified as Naveed has confessed to committing several crimes in different parts of the Punjab Capital in recent past.

VEHICLES FINED: City Traffic Police, during its special drive against over-speeding, reckless driving on Canal road and Ring Road fined 237 vehicles during the current month.

Traffic officers have been directed to further improve the traffic system at the Ring Road and Canal Road and in other city roads. According to the Traffic police Spokesman, after the installation of two Speed Guns on both the roads the ratio of accidents was reduced which was a positive sign.

Traffic police have advised the people to cooperate with the traffic police in ending such dangerous practices for safe journey on roads.

Notices: The Environment Protection Department issued Environment protection orders (EPO) to 336 industrial units operating along the Ring road.

Departments of Industry, Local government and Environment protection recently launched survey from Harbanspura to Niazi Chowk to check the legal status and working of all the units.

These industrial units are working within 500 metres distance from the main road. The EPD sources confided that during the survey irregularity was noted in 336 units. Their cases were sent to environment Department.

SHEESHA OUTLETS SEALED: Another two sheesha points were sealed in city by environment protection department on Monday in public health interest.

  EPD sources said these sheesha outlets were working in Samnabad town. About 16 huqqas were seized from the outlets. Under the instructions of district coordinating officer Lahore a campaign is ongoing against sheesha points in the city to protect people, especially youth, from health harming practice.