Policeman suspended for ‘immoral behaviour’

Published: August 10, 2010

ISLAMABAD: An official of Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP) was suspended on Sunday for sexual misbehaviour and corruption.

Inspector Ayub had multiple charges of corruption and improper conduct against him, but the final straw was when a teenager accused him of attempting to sodomise him in a waiting room near a traffic checkpost.

According to officials of the traffic police, Muhammad Zeeshan lodged a complaint with the SSP Traffic against Inspector Ayub for attempting to sodomise him.

In his complaint, Zeeshan said the inspector forcefully detained him in a passenger waiting area near a traffic police checkpoint near Aabpara market. Some journalists who were passing heard Zeeshan screaming and approached the area, which was when the inspector fled from the scene, according to the complaint filed. Later, Zeeshan approached SSP Traffic Moin Masood and complained about the inspector. The SSP suspended Ayub and ordered a departmental inquiry against him.

SSP Traffic said that the inspector had multiple charges of corruption and misbehaviour against him in addition to the complaint lodged by Zeeshan.

“The inquiry report will come out in a couple of days and appropriate action will be taken against the police official if he is found guilty,” he said.

Meanwhile, some police officials accused the teenage boy of being a “professional sex worker” and “blackmailer.”  They said that they suspected that the entire episode was staged by a group of journalists to settle a personal score with Inspector Ayub. “It isn’t  a coincidence that the journalists arrived at the spot within 5 minutes,” said a police official.

A teenage boy has also been taken into custody after the complaint filed by Zeeshan.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 10th, 2010.

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