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March 02, 2018

Yangon Government targets four hotspots as part of crime crackdown

THE Yangon Region government launched a crackdown on crime targeting four crime hotspots in the region yesterday, according to the Minister for Security and Border Affairs Col Tin Aung Tun.
The crime crackdown programme, the first of its kind in Yangon, is set to be implemented in Thanlyin, Kamayut, Tamway and Hlinethaya Townships in the region.
“We plan to fight crime in the targeted townships with the highest number of drug and other criminal cases,” said the regional minister, adding that police officers will hold check sites on respective roads in an attempt to identify suspected offenders.
The regional minister vowed the crime crackdown would take place while responding to a question at a session of the Yangon Region Hluttaw yesterday.
The programme will also be launched in other townships following the four priority areas for the crackdown, added the regional minister.  During the parliamentary session, Yangon Region lawmakers pointed out that Technological Universities become potentially profitable targets for drug dealers as the use of narcotic drugs has reached high levels among young people. In his discussion, Hluttaw representative U Kyaw Kyaw Tun called for efforts to root out the cancerous growth of narcotics use in the region.  In his response, the regional minister blamed checkpoints removal to facilitate commodity trade for the inflow of drugs into the city, stressing the need to upgrade police equipment and devices. He also called for mass participation in the crime crackdown.
According to the Yangon Region Police Force, 689 arrests were made in 469 drug-related cases during the period from January to 12 June, and the ‘Dagon’ project, as part of the 100-day plan, saw 319 suspects arrested in 218 cases from 1 May to 12 June.


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