CHINIOT: Two persons were arrested for making hoax calls to the police in separate incidents in the district on Sunday.
In the first incident, Shahid Imran, the son of Saleh Muhammad Wanis, a resident of village Wansanwala, called 15 and told the duty official that two gunmen had snatched a motorcycle and cash from him and fled.
The police rushed to the spot and inquired into the matter. They came to know that Shahid had himself parked his motorcycle in front of house of his opponents to implicate them in a fake case.
At this, the Lalian police arrested him and booked him under Section 29-D of Telegraph Act 1885. In another incident, Sarfraz, the son of Zahoor Ahmad, a resident of Jodh village, also called the police helpline, complaining that the robbers had taken away Rs15,000 from his shop. The Chenab Nagar police rushed to the shop but found no signs of robbery. The police arrested Sarfraz after booking under the Telegraph Act 1885.
District Police Officer (DPO) Syed Hasnain Haider told the media that police helpline 15 had received 130,246 calls during 2019, out of which 95,351 or 73pc were bogus/hoax calls.
He has directed all the station house officers to show zero tolerance to such hoax callers and register cases against them to discourage this practice.