Dozens of residents of Buddni village on Saturday staged a demonstration on Faisalabad-Lalian Road to protest the killing of three men of a family over a marriage dispute.
The protesters placed the bodies on the road and blocked it for traffic for over an hour. The blockade ended when Chiniot district police officer Shehzad Akbar reached the scene and assured the protesters of prompt action against the suspects.
The FIR registered with Barana police identified the deceased as Muhammad Aslam, his son Hameed Ullah and son-in-law Mazhar Ahmed, residents of Buddni.
Complainant Saifullah, another son of Aslam, alleged that his father was killed for his refusal to marry Fauzia, his daughter, to the suspect, Muhammad Shafi. He said Shafi had wanted to marry the girl and had been threatening the family against arranging her marriage to anybody else.
He said Aslam had recently decided to marry Fauzia to one of his nephews.
On Saturday, the FIR said, Shafi and his two accomplices broke into Aslam’s house and opened indiscriminate fire. It said Aslam, Hameed Ullah and Mazhar Ahmed died on the spot. Nazia, one of Aslam’s daughters, and a relative Ramzan were injured. They were taken to Allied Hospital where doctors treating them later described their condition as stable.
Shafi had allegedly kidnapped the girl in January 2011 after his proposal was turned down by the family, Barana police station house officer Naveed Cheema told The Express Tribune. He said she was returned some five months ago on the intervention of a panchayat. He said the kidnapping case registered against Shafi was withdrawn after the girl was returned.
The SHO said he had carried out a couple of raids but failed to arrest the suspect.
Three found killed
In another incident in Mandi Bahauddin, three men were found killed at a house on Saturday.
Police identified the deceased as Usman, Khurran and Waqqas, residents of Chak 49.
They suspect one Anser, resident of the same village, of having killed the three. They said the deceased were employed at Anser’s transport business. The suspect has been missing since Friday. The bodies bore marks on repeated attacks by an axe. They have been sent for an autopsy.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 3rd, 2012.
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