Lahore: Traffic warden attempts suicide after being humiliated by superiors
LAHORE: A traffic warden attempted to commit suicide at the Traffic Police Lines, after he had been abused and humiliated by senior traffic police officials, traffic police sources told Daily Times on Tuesday.
The incident comes amid reports of friction among the traffic police. “A consensus has developed among the city’s traffic wardens that they personally want to settle their score with the ‘Munkar’ and ‘Nakeer’ of the city Traffic Police Department,” sources said, explaining that Line Officer (LO) Khalid and Reserve Inspector (RI) Pervaiz were known as ‘Munkar’ and ‘Nakeer’ among the force.
Repeated humiliation: The sources said that on Sunday, July 20, traffic warden Azam Amin was at the Police Lines when LO Khalid and RI Pervaiz called him and accused him of going towards the female traffic warden’s hostel, and then beat him in front of several other traffic wardens. Later, they brought him into their room and humiliated him verbally and physically. Azam argued that there were no restrictions on walking within the police lines and he was not near the female warden’s hostel. Both senior officers then called the Superintendent of Police (SP) Intisar Hussain Jaffery and told him that they had found Azam in the female warden’s hostel. The SP subsequently suspended Azam. On Monday both seniors called Azam for a routine parade and allegedly humiliated him in front of the wardens present there. On Tuesday the two officers called Azam into their room again and verbally humiliated him in front of several female wardens.
Azam then returned to his room, where his roommate found him lying in a pool of blood minutes later. His colleagues immediately rushed him to hospital. RI Pervaiz called one of the wardens accompanying Azam, and threatened to lodge a case against all of them if they did not return. The wardens then returned along with Azam. RI Pervaiz and LO Khalid then took Azam to the Sheikh Zayd Hospital themselves. Doctors at Sheikh Zayd Hospital’s emergency ward confirmed the warden had cut his wrist and doctors had discharged him after treatment.
Traffic wardens have meanwhile said, “Female traffic wardens who are living in police lines have lodged many complaints against the LO and RI, since they both entered their rooms without knocking and embarrassed them by seeing them without veils several times.”
None of the officials allegedly involved in the incident were available for comment. During the past week, two Superintendents of Police (SPs) were also beaten by their subordinates. Similarly, a group of cops submitted an anonymous application, number 2920, with the office of Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) on July 17, 2007, in which they threatened to kill the Superintendent of Police (SP) (Headquarters) Zahid Butt and his allies in a suicide attack if he was not transferred. Commenting on the application, former CCPO Malik Iqbal told Daily Times that he had deputed the SP of Discipline and Inquiry as the inquiry officer for the case. He added that this was a conspiracy against senior police officers to damage their reputation.