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National

February 14, 2015
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Surveillance of released accused proposed

National

February 14, 2015

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LAHORE: The Lahore Police have recommended to the Punjab government certain amendments to related laws for close surveillance of accused released from jails to stop them from criminal activities.Currently, over 15,000 such accused persons, having record of dozens of criminal cases, were looming freely in the society as there is no proper mechanism to keep a check on them.
DIG Operations Dr Haider Ashraf has written a letter to the CCPO Lahore, Amin Wains, to get the amendments to the law approved through proper channel. The letter reads: ‘The study of prevalent laws, dealing with persons released from jails reveals that a specific mechanism to make penal regime more stringent for accused (especially involved in heinous crime) needs to be devised’. It was written in the letter that at present the penal mechanism is defective and lacks the venom required to control repeat offenders.
At present, police keep such persons, who are released from jails on acquittal/completing their period of sentence/on bail/on parole, under surveillance through Register No 10 of the police station.

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