Punjab Police intends to purchase three 4G locators to trace out hardened criminals. The locators will cost up to Rs. 300 million to the provincial exchequer.
Inspector General of Punjab (IGP) Police, Inam Ghani, has tabled the summary to the Punjab cabinet for approval. The funds for this purpose are likely to be allocated in the next financial year. The Logistics Branch of the IG Office will be responsible for the procurement of the locators and their distribution to other police establishments.
The proposal for 4G locators was first floated by the former CCPO Lahore, Umer Shoaib Sheikh, after Lahore Police faced trouble in the arrest of the prime suspect of the motorway gang-rape tragedy, Abid Malhi.
There were many instances during the case when either the raiding team reached late or the locator reached late owing to outdated technology.
Police authorities had admitted on record that the culprit Abid Malhi had managed to escape moments before the police raided his house in Sheikhupura.
On a different occasion, the Police Chief had admitted that the police’s 2G locators were unable to locate the suspect precisely. The time-lapse between the locator and the arrival of the police raiding party helped him escape.
It is notable that are only three locators available with Punjab Police in Lahore and Rawalpindi.