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IG orders for open courts in the province

Lahore: On the special directions of Inspector General of Police (IGP) Punjab Muhammad Habib-ur-Rehman, all the DPOs and RPOs are holding open-courts on daily basis in their respective areas in order to provide justice to the deserving and oppressed and to resolve the genuine grievances of the public.

According to an official Circular, the provincial police chief himself attended at least 231 open-courts held at the Central Police Office (CPO) during the last eight months in which more than 5428 complainants appeared from different districts of the province.

Out of total 5428 applications received in the open-courts, at least 2827 were submitted for registration of cases, 1339 for change of investigations, 459 for the arrest of the accused persons, 44 for the recovery of the kidnapped persons, and 49 for the recovery of the stolen property. Similarly, 44 applications related to rape cases, 15 against the police highhandedness, 21 against corruption and 633 related to other cases were also submitted before the IGP during the open-courts.

Out of the total registered cases, at least 4167 cases have been solved while 1261 are under investigations. On the public complaints received in the open-courts, the Punjab police chief awarded punishment to 71 police officers/officials. Those awarded punishment on different charges included 18 Inspectors, 28 Sub Inspectors, 10 ASIs, five Head Constables, and 14 Constables.

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