Khan Garh: SHO among 4 injured in attack
KHAN GARH: Four people including Khan Garh Police SHO Ch Javed Akhtar sustained gunshot wounds when a rally taken out by Anjuman-e-Tajran was fired upon by the armed personnel of the rival sect here at Chowk Shah Jamal, Khan Garh on Wednesday.
The firing, reportedly, continued till the evening while the administration including the district police high ups failed to bring the situation under control.
As per detail, the incident occurred when Anjuman-e-Tajran Khan Garh took out a rally against what they called “violation” of code of conducted by the organisers of Ashura procession and failure of the administration to get the code implemented. According to Anjuman-e-Tajran President Muzaffer Mehmood, the code of conducted was agreed to maintain peace on Ashura but the administration failed to get it implemented as the organiser took out procession on the route which was not designated for the purpose. Secondly, he said that prior to Ashura-e-Muharram, it was general agreed that the mourners would not flagellate themselves near Bilal Mosque in Tahlay Wala area to intact peace and harmony. But the code was again breached.
He pointed out that the traders took out the rally against the administration and not anyone but it was attacked by the rival sect despite the fact it was peaceful.
The participants of the rally came under attack near Chowk Shah Jamal from Basti Kulan where armed personnel of the rival sect opened indiscriminate firing at them.
Resultantly four people including the Khan Garh Police SHO received bullet wounds. Upon information, DCO Tahir Khurshid, DPO Rao Munir and DSP Ch Ghulam Mustafa along with Elite Force personnel rushed to the scene.
They assured the irate people of Ahle Sunnat of the arrest of the culprits till 3:00pm but failed to do so. Meanwhile, the personnel of Elite Force entered Basti Kulan to ease the situation but had to return empty handed.
The situation remained tense as exchange of intermittent firing continued between the armed personnel of both the rival sects.
On the other hand, the residents faced a lot of difficulties as main Shah Jamal Chowk remained a no-go area and the road connecting Khan Garh with rest of the region remained closed for all kind of traffic.
Meanwhile, local social, political and religious circles have condemned the indifference of the administration and police. They demanded the Punjab chief minister to take notice of the situation.