Former DPO Sialkot Waqaar Ahmad Chohan will record his statement before the inquiry committee of the police on Tuesday (today).
He was detained by the Sialkot Police on Monday. His official house was declared a sub-jail.
The former DPO’s arrest was ordered by Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif.
Earlier, he recorded his statement before Justice (retd) Kazim Ali Malik, who is probing the matter on the orders of the Supreme Court.
Waqar Chauhan has been charged with negligence and for failing to stop the merciless lynching of two teenage brothers in Sialkot.
IG Punjab Tariq Saleem Dogar visited Sialkot. He held separate meetings with the former and the new DPOs.
Updated from print edition (below)
Police, 1122 officials blame each other
Sialkot Police and Rescue 1122 have reportedly blamed each other for the August 15 incident while recording their statements to the inquiry committee.
According to officials who are part of the investigations, Rescue 1122’s suspended officials them that Rescue 1122 had repeatedly asked Saddar police officials to take custody of the brothers who had been handed over to Rescue 1122 officials by locals.
“The brothers were brought to the rescue office on Daska Road by people who said that they were suspects in an armed robbery,” said an official according to reports.
Rescue officials, while recording their statements, also said that the Sialkot Saddar Police had reached after a long delay.
It was a result of this delay that the infuriated mob had been able to storm into the Rescue 1122 station and taken the two suspects out on the road where they were beaten up, said officials of the inquiry committee.
On the other hand, police officials blamed Rescue 1122 personnel of being cowards and said that they should never have allowed the mob to grab hold of the youths. Director General Rescue 1122 Punjab Dr Rizwan Naseer has already suspended all personnel of Rescue 1122 Daska Road station for their alleged slackness, which paved the way for the brothers’ lynching.
In another development, senior officials of Sialkot police claimed to arrest as many as seven more accused involved in the incident.
The names of those arrested were not made public. In addition officials said that the name of 18 accused has been entered on the Exit Control List (ECL).
Published in The Express Tribune, August 24th, 2010.
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