Lahore: Journalists oppose police manhandling, 4 cops booked
LAHORE: As reported by The News on Thursday, officials of law enforcing agencies, including police, on Wednesday manhandled and detained journalists over a minor issue in front of the office of Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif.
The chief minister had hosted a function in honour of the Chief Minister of Balochistan and students from Balochistan. Media was invited for the coverage of the event at 90 Shahrah-e-Quid-e-Azam. A senior reporter of a TV channel namely Arslan Bhatti was parking his car in the parking lot of the Lahore Zoo when a constable, identified as Farooq, asked him to park his vehicle at some other place. Meanwhile, Tanveer, Baber and Asim, friends of Farooq, came there and thrashed Arslan.
Reporters from other news channels rushed there to pacify the angry men but a group of armed cops started manhandling them as well. Officials of a sensitive agency took Arslan and three others to their office and detained them for 30 minutes. The four journalists claimed that they were subjected to severe torture. The journalists blocked The Mall in protest. Later, Civil Lines police registered a case against the four said constables.
The complete article can be found at The News.