Lahore: 3 ‘accused’ WASA officials released
LAHORE: Kot Lakhpat Jail officials on Monday released three Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) officials who were arrested on charges of negligence of duty last week.
The jail staff released the officials after receiving their bails granted by the judicial magistrate. Magistrate Yunus Awan ordered the jail officers to release the WASA officials on the personal surety bonds of Rs 50,000 each.
Ghalib Market Police reportedly arrested the WASA officials accused of ignoring the orders of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to take all precautionary measures to tackle any untoward incident during the heavy spell of rains last week.
The magistrate had previously sent these officials, including WASA Deputy Director (Management) Qazi Faiyaz and Gulberg Director Aftab Ahmad on physical remand, and Mozang Sub-Division Officer Saleem Ashraf on judicial remand.
The police said that water accumulated on the city roads after last week’s heavy rains had hampered transport in the city. Some ambulances could not reach hospitals and students and government officials had to stay at home. Water had to be pumped out using the WASA’s pumps, which were found empty of diesel and subsequently of no use, the police added. The CM addressed negligence by the WASA officials, who were later accused of being involved in fuel theft and were arrested.
Meanwhile, Ali Ahmed Dhilon, brother of Gulberg WASA Executive Engineer Aftab Ahmed, told Daily Times that the complainant of the case, WASA Deputy Managing Director (Finance, Administration and Revenue) Asif Javed Qurreshi, had requested the magistrate to grant bail to the arrested officials. Dhilon said the case was baseless and was lodged only to tease the eight families.