Shocking confessions about begging mafia: Every beggar pays Rs.1000 to contractor daily
Every contractor has 10-15 beggars employed.
According to the sources, a massive crackdown has been launched against begging mafia in the federal capital, Islamabad. Although the mafia has been actively working in the country in the form of an organized racket, they often went unnoticed.
SP (Investigation) will be heading the task of freeing ICT of this widely-spread network. He has been tasked to write a comprehensive report about the working of the mafia and take sustainable steps to break the network up.
The sources, while speaking to domestic media sources, further revealed that two contractors active in three begging zones have already been picked up by the authorities. However, two from Tarnol and Bari Imam have disappeared so far and are being traced out.
“The arrested contractors have been identified as Tanvir Asad (9th Avenue, IJ Principal Road, I-8, I-9, and I-10 and its adjacent areas), Mohammad Ashfaq covering I-9 and I-10 Markets and Mohammad Salim (Kohsar Market, Super Market and traffic signals falling in his jurisdiction),” said the mentioned sources.
Police officials arrested for facilitating the beggars:
Some police officials have also been arrested for facilitating and providing protection to the mafia. A departmental inquiry has been initiated against them. DIG (Operations) Waqar Uddin Syed confirmed that the inquiry is underway and the responsible officials will be suspended.
The mafia had divided the capital into five operative zones:
- F-6 and F-5 (including Marriott)
- G Sectors including 5, 6, 7 and F-7
- Faisal Avenue up to Faizabad and from Faizabad to Rawat
- F-8 and F and G Sectors from 9 to 14
- Imam Barri.
These contractors provide shelter to these beggars in Khanna, Zia Masjid, Mera Badi and Bhara Kahu. Every contractor has 10-15 beggars employed, who have to pay them Rs.1000 daily.
“Underage baggers are valuable for the contractors because they use all efforts only to gather more money ending to thefts, mugging and finally armed robberies and killings,” read the report.
“The contractors constituted an unannounced association to watch their interests. According to the SoP, the contractor of one zone could not interfere in the affairs of the other ‘administrative zones’,” the report, which included confessions from the arrested contractors, revealed.
Despite it being a widely spread network, Pakistan has no proper legislation to counter the begging trade. Child Protection Bureau and the rights activists need to play their part too since children are the most vulnerable group to this racket.
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