The Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann has ordered for formation of an anti-gangster taskforce in Punjab Police rank to deal with criminal gangs in the state.
The anti-gangster task force would be led by an officer of the additional director general of police (ADGP).
The announcement was made by Mann during his meeting with commissioners (CPs) and senior superintendents (SSPs) and other police officers in Chandigarh.
Mann urged CPs and SSPs to make coordinated efforts to check organised crimes in the state.
The taskforce is formed to combat organised crime and it will have integrated collection of intelligence, manning and execution of operations, registration of first information reports (FIRs), investigation and prosecution, said officials.
In addition to that, new police stations with statewide jurisdiction over organised crime will be notified.
The officials said that as per the latest data, 70 active gangs with around 500 members operate in the state as per sources. Around 300 of these gangsters are in jail.