Man stabbed over harassment dispute

Group of individuals, including accused, eve teased girls at local fair

Our Correspondent February 17, 2024


In an incident stemming from a dispute over harassment at a local fair, a man lost his life while three others sustained injuries after being attacked with knives.

The assailant, driven by anger over being forbidden from teasing girls at the fair, committed the act.

Police said Muhammad Riyasat, a resident of Chak 263, lodged a complaint stating that during a fair held at Darbar Baba Ji Sherwali Sarkar in the town of Dijkot, a group of individuals, including the accused Ali Raza, harassed girls.

In response, Riyasat's son, along with others, intervened to stop the harassment.

Enraged by the intervention, the accused Ali Raza, along with four accomplices, attacked Riyasat's son, Samiullah, as well as Muhammad Ahmed Raza, Muhammad Bilal, and Owais, with knives. The injured were rushed to the hospital for medical treatment, where Samiullah tragically succumbed to his injuries.

Upon receiving the news, police officers, including DSP Factory Area Rana Attaur Rehman and SHO Dijkot Moazzam Gujjar, reached the scene.

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They promptly formed teams to apprehend the main suspect, Ali Raza son of Qasim Ali, who was subsequently arrested along with the murder weapon during raids conducted at various locations.

The arrested suspect has been remanded into custody, pending further investigation into the harrowing incident that has shocked the local community.

The incidents of continue unabated despite stringent action by the authorities. Earlier in January, special squad consisting of female traffic wardens was deployed in Lahore to patrol the streets and control harassment on New Year’s Eve.

Chief Traffic Officer (CTO) Ammara Athar said that the squad would perform duties on main roads and across the city until late at night.

The squad was tasked with controlling eve teasing during New Year’s Eve and patrolled Mall road, Jail Road, Main Boulevard Gulberg and other important points.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 17th 2024.


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