Shergarh: 17 booked, SHO suspended
SHERGARH: The incident of attack allegedly by ‘police touts and criminals’ incited by the local police SHO on a protest rally against rising robberies reached its drop-scene here the other day after Okara District Police Officer (DPO) ordered registration of a case against 17 people involved in the attack, suspended Shergarh Police SHO Aslam Majhiana and pledged that elite force vehicles would patrol the town and CIA staff will be utilized to trace out the dacoities in the town.
The development followed a meeting held by between DPO Dr Raja Muhammad Abid and a delegation of the leaders of the rally led by Ahle Sunnat wal Jamaat President Mian Amjad Saleem and Labaik Ya Rasullallah Tehreek president Dr Ziaul Hassan Tahir at his office.
Thousands of people took out a rally against rising dacoities in the area on Friday. Taken out jointly by Ahl-e-Sunnat wal Jamaat, Labaik Ya Rasullallah Tehreek, Markazi Anjuman Tajran, Human Rights Welfare Organization, Jafria Students Federation and civil society, the rally started from the Markazi Jamia Masjid and reached its culmination point Karnal Chowk where some two dozen men, at the behest of the local police SHO apparently to counter it, attacked the rally with rods and clubs leaving several including Ahl-e-Sunnat wal Jamaat president Mian Amjad Saleem injured. Enraged by the attack, the protesters thrashed some of the attackers while the rest managed to flee. Later, the protesters blocked the Shergarh-Hujra road by burning used tyres and besieged the police station. Heavy contingents of police from entire the district were called in to control the situation who baton-charged the protesters and fired tear-gas shells to disperse them but the protesters remained firm and gathered again.
They said they would continue the protest until registration of case against the attackers and suspension of the SHO. Realizing the sensitivity of the situation, the DPO intervened and invited the protesters to a dialogue to ‘meet their demands’. On the orders of the DPO, a case has been registered against Abdullah, Ayub, Tanvir, Waqas, Ali Haq, Abid Waheed, Ashiq, Pervez alias Kali, Sarwar alias Papu, and eight unidentified men under sections 324, 436,148,149 and 34 of the Pakistan Penal Code.
Separately, the local journalist community distanced itself from a local journalist Abdullah who worked as a police tout and had, along with the SHO, engineered the attack on the peaceful rally. The journalists said that a sacred and respectful profession like journalism had no place for such black sheep.