Police arrest landowner for chopping off teen farmer's hands

Victim's family had borrowed Rs 15,000 from the landlord and they were not able to return it


Afp December 29, 2015
A file photo of police personnel in Lahore. PHOTO: AFP

LAHORE: Police have arrested a locally powerful landowner and two accomplices for allegedly chopping off the hands of a 17-year-old farmworker whose family had failed to repay a loan of Rs 15,000 ($150).

The incident took place around two months ago in the agricultural district of Hafizabad, some 80 kilometres (50 miles) northwest of Lahore city. It was only reported to police Monday after the victim's family decided to speak out.

Landowning families wield considerable power in rural areas, practising a form of feudalism over the peasant and subsistence farmers in their employ.

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"Asad Israr-ul-Haq and his two accomplices have chopped off hand of Akram Abu Bakar, 17 years old," said a copy of the police report.

"The victim's family had borrowed 15,000 rupees from the landlord and they were not able to return it," it added.

Local police station chief Mahmood Butt said the attackers had used a feed chopper to mutilate the teenager.

Abu Bakar's family returned to their native district of Sheikhupura after the attack, fearing further reprisals from the landowner. They were eventually persuaded by a local journalist to break their silence, Butt said.

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The office of Shahbaz Sharif, chief minister of the bread-basket province of Punjab where the attack took place, said he had asked police to submit their report to him.

COMMENTS (2)

Disgusting | 5 years ago | Reply Eventually the criminal will turnout to be a member of PML N and will go scotfree due to lack of witnesses(evidence).
Naeem Khan | 5 years ago | Reply How barbaric they could get, there should be an exemplary punishment for these feudals so the other feudals thinks thousand time to do some thing so heinous. It seems the laws of Pakistan applies only to the common citizens and the rich and well connected get away with murder.
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