New Peshawar force to keep watch on Fourth Schedulers
The newly-raised City Patrol Force has also been assigned the task to keep a close watch on individuals included in Fourth Schedule of the Anti-Terrorism Act. The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa police had launched the ‘City Patrol Force’ in the provincial metropolis as the first responder in case of any criminal activity, road accident and emergency situation.
It will function in Peshawar city and cantonment areas divided into 20 beats with 160 city patrol officers working in two shifts of eight hours each. A high-ranking police officer told The Express Tribune that there were 452 individuals included in Fourth Schedule.
“It has been decided that the city patrol squads would visit these suspects in their respective areas and take their photographs as well as other record in order to keep these suspects under a tight watch,” he said.
“There were 452 suspects in the district in which the highest number of suspects belonged to the banned Sipah-e-Sahaba/Lashker-e-Jhangvi (203) followed by the TTP (189) and Jaish Muhammad/Khudamul Islam (10).
“We have 32 Tahreek-e-Jafria/ Sipah-e-Muhammad suspects too in the district along with four suspects repatriated from Afghanistan and 14 hardcore criminals,” he said, adding the number of suspects in Peshawar was the second largest after Swat where the number stands at 2,308 people.
“These squads are required to visit the suspects regularly and file a report about them, besides taking their photos each time they visit them and submit it.”
The City Patrol Force is equipped with the latest gadgetry like video cameras, iPads, Vehicle Verification Systems and other equipment. The basic responsibility of the forces is to patrol city streets and check suspicious activities.
It has been launched in Peshawar on an experimental basis and would be introduced in other cities of the province. Every squad has been provided with a Suzuki Swift motor car and modern arms too and is headed by an ASI or SI.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 18th, 2016.