Syed Murad Ali Shah, the Chief Minister of Sindh, authorised a police proposal on Wednesday to use e-tagging for 7,500 repeat offenders in the first phase.
Shah said during a meeting at the CM House that he had previously asked the police to begin widespread patrolling and take tough punishment against street criminals in order to reduce street crime.
He went on to say that he had told the police and the government to begin removing drug users from the streets.
According to the extra inspector general (IG) police, 143 contacts with street criminals were conducted between January and February, with 15 people dead and 147 injured.
The CM was informed during the meeting that 1,446 criminals had been apprehended. He was also told that patrolling in the city has risen, and intelligence-based targeted actions are underway.
The IG police revealed that 7,500 repeat offenders have been detected and are either free or on bail as a result of the e-tagging programme.
Murtaza Wahab, CM Sindh’s Legal Adviser, said a draught law for e-tagging repeat offenders has been created and is being vetted.
The chief minister formally authorised the e-tagging of repeat criminals idea and asked his adviser to speed the vetting process so that it could be considered and approved in the cabinet.
Meanwhile, Chief Secretary Mumtaz announced that he has found an appropriate location in Gulshan-e-Maymar to rehabilitate drug users.
Shah asked the chief secretary to provide the necessary facilities at the proposed rehabilitation centre so that police officers could begin sending drug users on the streets to the facility.
“Drug abusers are involved in street crime, thus removing them from the streets is critical,” the CM stated.