Scores of residents of Chak 422-GB staged a demonstration at the Zila Council Chowk on Tuesday to register their protest against the police for declaring innocent a woman who they said was a murderer.
The protesters blocked the University Road by throwing stones and bricks and refusing to make way for traffic until the suspect was arrested.
Muhammad Nadeem, one of the protestors, said the deceased, Muhammad Yar, a resident of Chak 422-GB had been seeing a women from the neighborhood. He said on July 10, when Yar went to meet her, she gave him poison in food.
Shortly after he returned home, Yar fainted. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Doctors had told his family that Yar had been poisoned. Nadeem said a complaint had been filed against the woman with the Khurrianwala police, but they had acquitted her saying there was no evidence against her. The protesters accused the police of taking bribe from the woman’s family.
The demonstrators chanted slogans against the police and demanded that the woman be rearrested.
The protest continued for four hours, Inspector Ghulam Haidar, a representative of the city police officer, the visited the scene and assured the protesters that the matter would be investigated. He said the woman would be questioned again.
Investigation Officer Sub Inspector Muhammad Tariq said preliminary investigation suggested that Yar had committed suicide. He said the woman had been arrested, but was let go due to lack of evidence against her.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 17th, 2013.