Lahore: 5 security guards arrested for ‘assault’
LAHORE: According to the Dawn News on Saturday, the police arrested on Friday five security guards of the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) on allegations of injuring staffers of a private television channel covering a protest by a former LDA schoolteacher.
Reports said Ms Fauzia Iftikhar, an ex-teacher of an LDA school in Johar Town, tried to enter the authority premises on Egerton Road, but the security guards prevented her.
Meanwhile, a news channel team came there to cover the protest of the woman who was accompanied by her husband and some ‘relatives’.
The newsmen’s interference made the guards pelt the intruders with stones and several people of both parties suffered injuries in the clash that ensued. A police team, led by IGP Tariq Saleem Dogar, reached the troubled spot to control the situation.
According to the news channel, the LDA security guards carried out an assault on the media team. “Our News producer present at the LDA building tried to stop the guards who were thrashing a woman.
“The complainant had a Lahore High Court order which she wanted to hand over to the higher-ups,” it maintained. It accused the guards of breaking the cameras as well.
An LDA spokesman said Ms Fauzia had been removed from service as she was mentally unwell. “Around 2:30pm the woman tried to enter the LDA plaza with her husband and three other people, but the guards stopped her for identification.
“In the meantime, some 40 people reached the office and thrashed the guards besides ransacking the offices,” the spokesman said.
The police said the teacher wanted to meet the LDA higher-ups claiming she wanted compliance of court orders regarding her reinstatement, but the LDA guards denied her access to offices.
The police arrested five of the guards and shifted the injured to hospital.