PESHAWAR: Since the merger of Khyber tribal district with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 883 cases were registered with police in different incidents and 1,399 accused were arrested out of nominated 2,043 and the arrest percentage remained 68 percent.

This was revealed in an online briefing to KP Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr Sanaullah Abbasi on Monday which was attended by Additional IGP Investigation & HQ, deputy inspector general (DIG) HQ, DIG Finance, DIG Operations, AIG Establishment, regional police officers (RPOs), district police officer (DPO) Khyber and other officials.

In a remarkable improvement, the police chief was informed that no incident of extortion and street crime was reported to police in Khyber district since the merger. Khyber district police also took action against narcotics peddlers and 312 nominated accused were arrested in the 229 registered cases. During this period 318kg heroin, 1,587kg hashish, 9kg crystal meth, 142kg opium and 15 bottles of liquor were recovered.

The Khyber district police chief told the meeting that crime ratio has considerably decreased and kidnapping for ransom and robbery cases witnessed 96 percent decrease after the merger.

It was revealed during the briefing that 610 Levies and Khassadar personnel were trained during different specialised courses. The IGP was also informed about security steps adopted during five polio vaccination campaigns and different programs including Ehsaas, Kafalat and Sada-e-Aman programs.

Progress on construction of different police stations and police posts in Khyber district was also discussed during the meeting. The accountability process in police force, enlistment of deceased police sons, anti-narcotics and progress on installation of CCTV cameras in police stations as well as the security steps taken for maintenance of law and order in district Khyber were reviewed during the meeting.

Sanaullah Abbasi expressed satisfaction over the strategy of police for implementation of the conference agenda points. The police chief particularly appreciated the performance of Khyber district police and directed further improvement the process of land requisition for police stations and police posts in the district.

Sanaullah Abbasi was told that the investigation officers have been imparted latest training and now due to scientific investigation the conviction rate has considerably increased.