309 locations in city dangerous for traffic policemen

Authorities write to Sindh IG for providing security to traffic constables in vulnerable areas

KARACHI – After the killing of six traffic constables in a week, the Karachi Traffic Police authorities wrote an official letter to Sindh Police Inspector General (IG) Ghulam Hyder Jamali on Thursday, requesting him to depute police and Rangers personnel for the security of traffic constables at 309 vulnerable points in different areas of the city on an urgent basis.

Talking to PPI, Traffic DIG Dr Amir Ahmed said that viewing the security threats, traffic police have been withdrawn from some of the vulnerable places as they required arms and proper training for these constables. He said that the Karachi Traffic Police Department had only 3,000 constables who were regulating the whole population of the city and this meagre strength was obviously not enough.

Amir said that they had demanded from the authorities concerned to provide them enough weapons for security of traffic police as they were given only 67 SMGs with 1,500 bullets, 139 9mm with 100 bullets, 243 revolvers with 3,313 bullets and 300 bullet-proof jackets, which were distributed among traffic constables in all districts of the city. He said that criminals who were behind the killing of “our soldiers would not be allowed roaming free for long”. He said that the traffic police had already been laced with weapons but still they needed proper training on weapons’ use on an urgent basis, so another official letter had also been written in this regard to the DIG Headquarters.

He said that people may face traffic jam issues while crossing those points from where traffic police were withdrawn on a temporary basis due to security reasons, but these policemen would be sent back after completion of their training sessions and when they were given security cover by police and Rangers.

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