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Following this, police allowed the workers to continue their illegal activity.
In another incident on October 28, police at Bhalwal in Sargodha district detained three members of a banned group for collecting hides but had to release them two days later, reportedly on the orders of a senior officer.
The counter-terrorism department of Punjab has informed the provincial police chief about the "ineffective enforcement of law against the proscribed organisations that set up camps to collect hides for fund raising during Eidul Azha every year", the report said.
Persons involved in such activities were to be booked under the Anti-Terrorism Act but "no effective action was taken against them by the district administration and the
The intelligence reports further said the police and civil administration had not made "serious efforts" to enforce the government's policy as the extremist groups put up their banners and set up collection points all over Punjab.