MARDAN: A traffic warden on Tuesday shot dead a mentally disabled man in the jurisdiction of Mardan City police station.
According to an FIR lodged by 22-year-old Bilal Khan’s father, Lal Ghani, the two of them were on their way to a psychiatric clinic when suddenly, Bilal jumped off the motorcycle near the judicial complex and slapped Saeed Khan, the traffic warden. Despite being asked to stop, Bilal continued hitting the constable, as a result of which Saeed opened fire on him.
Bilal, initially sustained injuries, however, the second round of firing by the traffic warden killed Bilal on the spot. According to Ghani, he tried explaining to the warden that Bilal is mentally disabled and pleaded him to stop.
Bilal, a resident of Mardan district’s Jamal Ghari area, was taken to Mardan medical complex for an autopsy, but was declared dead on arrival.
After the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa IGP Salahuddin Mehsud took notice of the incident, the traffic warden warden arrested and an FIR was lodged against him at the City Police station.
Earlier in March, police shot dead a vendor it had mistaken for a suicide bomber in K-P’s Mardan district. The vendor riding a cycle did not respond to police calls to stop at judicial complex check post, Deputy Superintendent Police (DSP) Mumtaz Khan told journalists.
The deceased, identified as Olas Khan was taken to Mardan medical complex where he succumbed to his injuries. According to local people, the vendor was deaf and had been selling clothes in the area for the last 15 years to run his household. He was shifted to Sheeran Khota where he will be buried.