Policemen accused of extorting Eidi

Published: September 11, 2010
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ISLAMABAD: Policemen stationed at check-posts on the exit points of the capital have been accused of forcefully collecting Eidi (money given out during Eid felicitations) from commuters. Long queues of vehicles could be seen at the Islamabad Toll Plaza, Benazir Bhutto Roundabout, Golra Check-post and Murree Road, where the police personnel had stopped the traffic at will.

People were leaving for their native cities and villages to celebrate Eid, while being harassed for Eidi in return for letting the vehicles pass through the picket.

Two residents of Meera Jaffer in Islamabad were leaving for Karachi when their taxi was stopped at the Benazir Bhutto Roundabout. Police personnel stationed at the check-post  demanded Rs500 per passenger from the taxi. “When I asked why should I give so much Eidi, the policemen replied, ‘because otherwise you will have to spend your Eid with us.’”

In another incident, police had a quarrel with a person after he failed to give them Rs1000 for Eidi. Later on, they let him go when he arranged Rs735 for them.

Gul Mohammed, Najeeb, Bakht Khan, Naveed and Hameed along with other people told The Express Tribune on Friday that police were on a drive to rob commuters out of their money. There was no senior official present on the occasion to put an end to the practice. “There is no stopping them and no one to complain to,” said Hameed.

Furthermore, Naveed said that the in-charge of such check-posts were themselves involved in these malpractices and received a share of the money collected from the commuters.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 11th, 2010.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Syed A. Mateen
    Sep 11, 2010 - 12:41PM

    The most corrupt government servants in the country are the Policemen.

    If any one say by taking a holy book in one hand and tell me that Policemen have become honost citizens, I will not believe on him.

    Police in Pakistan is a cancer for the society. Every crime begins with the Police and ends up at Police.

    How can we expect that Police force is meant to protect the lives and properties of citizens, when Police nab the innocent people and keep them in illegal confinment in the Police Stations to extort money from their families.

    Unless Police Officials are not sent to jail for their alleged crimes, I do not think that there will be any improvement in the society.

    Corrupt Police Officials should be kicked out from the Police Force without further delay so that crimes should be minimised.Recommend

  • Arsalan M
    Sep 12, 2010 - 10:16AM

    Mateen,
    “Don’t hate the player, hate the game”

    Don’t blame the cops who as dishonest as they maybe, are at one time or another risk their lives for us, for a salary that is not really worth it. Why is it that our motorway police is slightly more honest? Because they get good salaries, or at least better salaries than the ordinary cops. Why is it that cops in developed countries do not succumb to corruption? Because their starting salary is the same as a graduate. You want to blame someone, blame the system that in 60 odds years could not fix the central budgets enough that these so called corrupt policemen would not have the need to live on ‘eidis’.

    Today when you and I are sitting at home, lazing around, blogging and enjoying Eid holidays,those corrupt policemen are standing in the sun, away from home protecting us. Recommend

  • Isfand
    Sep 13, 2010 - 2:17AM

    LOL i cant believe hahahaha

    Welcome to the Islamic Repubblic of Pakistan!!! : DRecommend

  • Amit Pamnani
    Sep 17, 2010 - 11:15AM

    Arsalan is absolutely right, i was just about to express the same ideaRecommend

  • Sep 21, 2010 - 7:33PM

    I also agree with Arsalan; and would like to add that they people are on front line to face the suiside attacks and firing on their vehicles. Peoples from Peshawar realized it and few months back they shower flowers pets on them.Recommend

  • Isfand
    Sep 21, 2010 - 7:59PM

    I also agree with Arsalan,we must blame the system,yes its true on the other side we must also blame the police officers,ok they are not soddisfied with their salray,ok they should do something in legal and moral to improve their situation……i dont know…..
    strikes?rallies?talk with the political establishment,do something in a civilized manner(and legal manner)

    Their action are not solving the problem,they are just creating another vicious circle of corruption and injustice.

    “Evil actions,situations”(like their poor salaries) can be solved only by Good.,you cant solve a “evil situation” by other evil actions.Recommend

  • Isfand
    Sep 21, 2010 - 8:03PM

    “Peoples from Peshawar realized it and few months back they shower flowers pets on them”

    Nice gesture : )Recommend

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