IGP orders better security for traders

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Karachi ††Following complaints about extortion threats to traders and shopkeepers, Sindh Inspector General Police (IGP) Shahid Nadeem Baloch on Wednesday directed the police to ensure a sense of protection among the tradersí community.

Traders in Saddar, Bolton Market, Bohri Bazaar and MA Jinnah Road have been approaching the police for the last couple of days with complaints of threats from extortionists.

Some businessmen even received hand grenades and live bullets in packages with letters demanding protection money between Rs100,000 to Rs1,000,000 and warnings of dire consequences if they didnít comply.

In view of this situation, IGP Baloch has directed Additional IGP Karachi Iqbal Mehmood to ensure security for traders.

He directed the higher police officers in Karachi, especially Zonal DIGs, to improve coordination with traders and businessmen, and remain in contact with their associations to curb street crimes and arrest criminals.

Security arrangements should be made after consultation with representatives of the tradersí community so that they feel on-board regarding the arrangements. Meanwhile, Zonal DIGs should enhance patrolling, snap checking and deployment of police personnel on pickets at business, industrial and commercial centers, he added.

The IGP further warned police officials that any dereliction of duty would not be tolerated.

Courtesy: †The News

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