One dead, eight injured in escalation of petty quarrels

Relatives of Gulzar, 8, and Asif face off following dispute over bike-rent.

Our Correspondent February 10, 2012


A man was killed and eight people were injured over quarrels following inconsequential matters in Gujranwala and Sargodha on Friday.

In Gujranwala, Civil Lines police registered an FIR against Tariq, Rameez and their five unidentified accomplices for allegedly killing Aslam over a quarrel between children.

Complainant Noor Muhammad also mentioned Deputy Superintendent of Police Waseem Dar in the application, alleging him of abetment.

City Police Officer Ahsan Tufail said the DSP would be suspended if evidence was found against him in the matter.

The complaint says Aslam was killed after he intervened and settled the quarrel.

The FIR was registered after relatives of the deceased held protest demonstrations first in Fatomand and later in front of the office of the regional police officer.

The protesters were assured by Senior Superintendent of Police (Operations) Ahmed Nasir of action in the matter.

The protesters also beat up Arshad, who is said to be related to the suspects.

Civil Lines SHO Rana Afzal told The Express Tribune that the body of the deceased had been sent for an autopsy.

In Sargodha, Parveen Bibi, Sakina Bibi, Tufail, Asif, Zeeshan, Ghulam Sikander, Pervaiz and Asim Ali were taken to the district headquarters hospital with injuries they had suffered in a quarrel over the amount of rent due for a bicycle.

Eight-year-old Gulzar and Asif, who runs a rent-a-bicycle business in Sadeeqabad Colony had argued over the matter.

Asif had reportedly asked Gulzar to pay Rs10 on top of the standard rent for an hour because the latter had not returned the bicycle within the hour.

Witnesses said Gulzar and Asif were joined in the quarrel by their relatives who used sticks to beat one another and threw stones. 

Published in The Express Tribune, February 11th, 2012.


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