After the alleged murder of a young man in Samundri last month, his family on Wednesday gathered in District Council Chowk and chanted slogans in protest against the police for their failure to arrest the suspects.
The protesting heirs of the victim alleged that the accused the young man at the behest of a policeman. Reportedly, dozens of people led by Nusrat Hayat and Asim Ali, residents of 471GB area, who had come to District Council Chowk, gathered on one side and protested against police after they failed to arrest the alleged murders.
On August 17, the suspect identified as Imran alias Mana, Wasim, the son of Rafiq and others allegedly shot and killed the young man named Asif Ali while he was travelling from Samundri to the city on a motorcycle to complete some work.
The victim’s heirs stated that the suspects killed the youth at the behest of police constable Osama Ashraf, a resident of 463GB who was posted in Samundri police station.
Reportedly, the police constable was in touch with Asif’s alleged killers through repeated phone calls, the mobile details of which were given to the senior officers. The senior police officers suspended the police constable.
Despite this, the police were not arresting the suspects in the nominated FIR. They chanted slogan against police and demanded from Prime Minister Imran Khan, chief justice of Pakistan, Lahore High Court chief justice, Punjab chief minister, Punjab IG, Faisalabad RPO and Faisalabad CPO to take notice of the matter and arrested the killer of the young man. Reportedly, the suspects had a record of more than 50 murder and robbery cases.
On September 7, a number of residents of Radatali, including women, held a protest demonstration and blocked a road at District Council Chowk against alleged police misconduct and detention of three men.
The protesters alleged that police officials along with other people barged into the house of the three men, physically assaulted the women and stole valuables.
Moreover, it was reported that when Chak Jhumra SHO Asif Nadeem Butt and lawyers went for talks with the protesters, the official was allegedly manhandled.
The SHO managed to escape the attack, while other police officers held talks with protesters for four hours.
Meanwhile, citizens faced severe difficulties due to the road blockade.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 16th, 2021.
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