SHO removed for refusing to release PML-N activists - BY: MOHAMMAD ASGHAR

RAWALPINDI: The windowpanes of the New Town model police station came crashing down and the fixture and furniture of the front desk were damaged when over 200 activists of the PML-N youth wing, led by former MNA Hanif Abbasi, attacked the building on Wednesday night.

The incident occurred after the registration of a case against three of the youth wing activists who were caught by the traffic police doing wheelie, the police said.

City Police Officer (CPO) Israr Ahmed Abbasi allegedly bowed to the political pressure and ordered the immediate transfer of the SHO Ghulam Asghar Chandio, after he refused to release the motorcycle riders and withdraw the case on the demand of Hanif Abbasi.

The SHO said about half an hour after the case was registered, Hanif Abbasi along with his supporters reached the police station and asked for the release of the three youth and their vehicles.

When CPO Abbasi was contacted, he said he had directed the SP Rawal Town to conduct an inquiry and submit a report within two days.

The CPO said the youth wing activists claimed that they did not attack the police station and that the damage was caused by the policemen themselves.

When the CPO was asked why a criminal case was not registered against the attackers, he said: “After the report is received, the police will decide what to do.”

When contacted, Hanif Abbasi told Dawn that the PML-N activists were not involved in ransacking the police station.

Published in Dawn, August 12th, 2016

Posted on Aug 13, 16 | 1:05 pm