Police on Sunday arrested two men for attacking a polio worker in Sahiwal.
The injured worker was taken to the tehsil headquarters hospital, where doctors later said she was out of danger. The said she would be discharged from the hospital on Monday (today).
An FIR was lodged with the Chichawatni police against the two men.
Police said the polio worker, 23, who was assigned to the anti polio vaccination in Chichawatni, visited the house of Ziaullah Jutt to administer vaccine with a colleague. When Jutt entered the room, he began to hit her. He accused her of being a part of a US plot to give children a vaccine that caused mental retardation.
When she tried to flee, Jutt and his brother Abrar Jutt ran after her. They caught her and dragged her by the hair into the streets shouting that “she was helping non Muslims to harm Muslim children”.
Her colleague informed police and tried to get neighbours to stop the men.
When police arrived, the brothers fled. They were arrested after a three-hour chase.
Neighbours said that the brothers both taught at seminaries in nearby villages and used to give lectures on teachings of the Holy Quran in different villages and rural areas.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 8th, 2013.