TT Singh: ‘Criminal’ guns down DSP
TOBA TEK SINGH: A proclaimed offender (PO) and his accomplice allegedly shot Sangla Hill Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Ashiq Marth dead apparently over enmity in Chak 429-JB, Marthanwala, in Gojra Sadar police precincts on Sunday.
Iqbal, alias Bali Marth, of the same village, was declared PO in the murder case of one Arif Marth last year and the DSP was pursuing the case along with Arif’s kin Asif Marth due to which Iqbal had developed grudge against the DSP.
On Sunday, Iqbal and his unidentified accomplice equipped with automatic weapons came riding on a motorbike and called on the DSP when he was sitting along with around 15 people at his outhouse. Iqbal told the DSP to stop pursuing the murder case against him and reconcile instead but Ashiq Marth refused. Later, Iqbal shot at the DSP, killing him on the spot, and fled.
Acting-District Police Officer Rana Muhammad Iqbal rushed to the scene and later formed a team to arrest the assailants.
The body of the DSP was handed over to the family after autopsy at the Gojra THQ Hospital. The DSP left behind a widow and four daughters.
A police official said that a case would be registered against the assailants on the statement of Ashiq Marth’s younger brother Zafar Marth, who is an assistant sub-inspector of police.
According to APP, the slain officer was under suspension these days.