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ISLAMABAD, January 2, 2019: Owing continuous efforts by Islamabad Police to curb criminal activities, a total of 12998 criminals had been arrested during 2018 and valuables worth Rs. 689.5 millions, huge cache of contraband and weapons were recovered from them, a police spokesman said on Wednesday. According to details, Islamabad Police ensured elaborate measures for protection to the lives and property of the citizens. Owing high vigilance in the city and effective patrolling measures, 276 gangs were busted and 758 gangsters were held. Capital police arrested 723 persons for involvement in 383 dacoity and snatching valuables while valuables worth Rs. 46.7 million including cash, gold ornaments and cell phones were recovered from them. During the same period, Islamabad police arrested 778 persons for involvement in theft and burglary cases while valuables worth Rs. 180 million were recovered from them. A total of 162 car thieves were held and 180 vehicles worth 174.7 million were recovered from them. Police nabbed 194 bike lifters and recovered 145 motorbikes from them worth Rs. 9 million. A total of 199 persons were held for their involvement in 201 cases of tempering vehicles while 196 tempered vehicles worth Rs. 278.8 million were recovered from them. During crackdown against absconders, Islamabad police nabbed 573 proclaimed offenders and 628 court absconders who were wanted to police for their involvement in murder, attempt to murder and dacoity cases. A total of 1083 cases of possessing illegal weapons were registered and 1110 persons were held besides recovery of 82 Kalashnikovs, 57 guns/carbines, 936 pistols and 8478 rounds from them. Police held 1623 accused for involvement in bootlegging and drug peddling activities while 499.633 kilogram hashish, 81.137 kilogram heroin, 7.244 kilogram opium, 1.675 kilogram ice, 1.096 kilogram cocaine and 27371 wine bottles were recovered from them. Islamabad police launched special crackdown against those involved in supplying drugs at educational institutions and nabbed 95 persons after registering 87 cases against them. A total of 48.189 kilogram hashish, 7.218 kilogram heroin, 33 wine bottles, 2.202 kilogram opium, 1.375 kilogram ice, 1.065 kilogram cocaine and 10 tranquilizing pills were recovered from them. Police conducted 195 search operations along with personnel of other law enforcement agencies and nabbed 822 suspects. Islamabad police arrested 232 male and 274 female persons for their alleged involvement in immoral activities. Police nabbed 10435 beggars during campaign against professional alm-seekers while 648 habitual criminals were also held. Various police stations of Islamabad police arrested 42 persons for involvement in 22 blind murder cases while 8724 criminals were held under section 55/109. Police nabbed 173 persons red-handed during raids when they were planning to commit dacoities while 459 persons were held under Shop and Security Act. In all, 30 persons were held under Foreigner Act while 212 persons were held for involvement in aerial firing. Police also held 548 gamblers after raids and recovered stake money worth Rs. 19,34,980 from them. Likewise, 399 persons were held for involvement in Sheesha Smoking, 58 persons for violation of Pure Food Act, 43 over violation of Amplifier Act, 228 for selling petroleum products illegally, 784 under section 188 PPC and seven persons for having fake currency of Rs. 3,11,9000 . SSP Islamabad Waqar Uddin Syed has said it is the prime responsibility of police to provide relief to citizens and every possible effort would be made to ensure it. Following directions and guidance of IGP Islamabad Muhammad Aamir Zulfiqar,he said that utmost efforts would be made to curb crime 2019 as crime rate has declined significantly during the last year. The SSP urged all police officials to adopt decent attitude for success in policing affairs and said sluggish attitude towards resolving public affairs would not be tolerated. He also directed further crackdown against those involved in supplying drugs at educational institutions and occupying lands illegally.