200 booked for damaging checkpost in Kohat
KOHAT: Police registered cases against more than 200 protesters on Tuesday for blocking Hangu road at Muhammadzai area and damaging government property.
The protest was staged by students on Monday after arrest of a teacher of government high school in a terrorism case.
The protesting students, who were joined by residents of the area, had blocked Kohat-Hangu road five hours and burnt a police checkpost.
The protesters had damaged armoured personnel carrier of police and smashed windscreen of vehicles.
They also burnt the furniture of an under construction checkpost at Zawaki Banda and took away its doors and windows. A policeman was also injured in the incident.
The teacher was arrested for allegedly running a parallel policing system and attacking the alleged illegal occupants, belonging to Bezote tribe of adjacent Orakzai Agency, of the village’s land.
The highway, which was closed soon after the arrest of the teacher at 8am, was opened by the protesters after five hours following successful negotiations between the police and elders of the area.
The SHO of Cantt police station, Aqeeq Hussain, told Dawn that the arrested teacher, Azmat, was a fugitive and his name was present in the list of wanted people.
He had been booked under sections 324,395,452,427, 148 and 149 of Pakistan Panel Code, registered on December 10, 2011.
He and other members of Muhammadzai Welfare Organisation had injured policemen, who asked them to surrender during patrolling of the area last year, he added.