Six rioters arrested in Multan Mepco losses Rs6.5m
MULTAN: Police arrested six people in connection with Monday’s riots late on Tuesday night. The New Multan police raided Sharifpura to arrest the people allegedly involved in Monday’s riots and to preempt a protest by powerloom workers.
Irshad Hussain, a powerloom worker from Sharifpura, said the police surrounded the area at 3:30am and arrested six people Muhammad Rafiq, Rashid, Muhammad Iliyas, Abdul Ghaffar, Bashir Ahmed and Ghulam Abbas.
Sajjad Ali, also a resident of Sharifpura, said he was witness to the police crackdown. He said the police arrested his neighbours Rafiq, Rashid and Bashir. He said the police arrested all those who opened their doors.
Powerloom worker Abdul Shakoor said the police also raided powerloom units in Sharifpura, but could not arrest any worker because they had locked the doors from inside.
Powerloom Association General-Secretary Khaliq Qandeel said the police were harassing workers by raiding their houses. He said police were arresting workers instead of Mepco staff who were involved in firing at people.
Muhammad Akhtar Butt, a representative of the Quami Tajir Ittihad, demanded that the police release all those arrested.
District Police Officer Muhammad Nawaz Warraich was not available for comments. However, New Multan police official Muhammad Riaz denied any police operation was underway.
The complete article can be found at Dawn News.