Beggar pockets Dh1,143 in one day

A woman beggar in Sharjah managed to pocket more than 1,100 dirhams in one day while another man from Comoros Island managed to collect Dh543 in a single morning.


Afkar Ali Ahmed

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Published: Thu 18 Jul 2013, 9:29 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 4:07 AM

The Sharjah Police have arrested 59 illegals including 25 beggars as part of its intensified campaign to reduce the negative phenomenon during the holy month of Ramadan.

A top official at the Sharjah Police said that the campaign started on the first day of Ramadan aims at ensuring safe and peaceful environment for the residents of Sharjah. During the first week, the police arrested 25 beggars including women, aged between 20 and 25. They disguised themselves as elderly people and young girls trying to exploit the generosity of Muslims during the holy month. Most of the arrested girls were sent by their parents for begging during the holy month near mosques.

The official urged the public to cooperate with the police by providing whatever information they have about illegal activities. The police had received many complaints from the residents, which helped to arrest many of them.

Some of the women beggars were arrested from subways in Rolla, Al Wahda Street and industrial area. The police also arrested street vendors selling fruits near the subways.

The police said most of the beggars are absconders and infiltrators and some were already deported and returned to the country. The arrested are of various nationalities including Arab countries, Iran, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Two Arab men were arrested for selling fire crackers worth Dh6,000 in residential areas, the official said, adding that the campaign will continue till the end of the holy month.

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