Lahore: Ex-cop booked for shooting SHO: ‘It was in self defence’
LAHORE: The police on Saturday registered a case under Section 7 of the Anti Terrorist Act (ATA) against a dismissed constable for shooting at a police party and injuring the Hanjarwal station house officer (SHO) and a constable on Friday night.
A police party led by SHO Mazhar Iqbal Ranjha had gone to Maraghzar Colony to evict illegal occupants of a house. Mehr Khalil, the accused official, was later arrested and taken to Jinnah Hospital, as he received a bullet during the shootout. Khalil told Daily Times that he had opened fire on the policemen because they had abused his wives while he was evacuating the house.
According to a First Information Report (FIR) registered on the complaint of court’s bailiff Muhammad Abbas, the bailiff and the police concerned went to Khalil’s house to get it evacuated following the court’s order. The complainant said that Khalil signed the court’s documents and closed the door.
Then Khalil opened fire on the policemen, due to which SHO Ranjha and constable Imran Niazi got injured. In retaliation, the police also opened fire. Khalil shot one of his three wives, Safia, and himself in the leg to save his skin.
However, Khalil told Daily Times at the hospital that he signed the court’s documents and was going inside to pack his stuff when the police team started abusing his wives. Then, his dogs attacked the policemen when they tried to enter the house. He said that he opened fire at the police in retaliation and got shot.