LAHORE-IN yet another episode of hooliganism, a group of lawyers on Thursday brutally tortured a sub-inspector, injured him with a pistol butt, in front of an additional district and sessions judge in the courtroom after he refused to investigate a theft case as per their desire.
The incident took place in the courtroom of Additional District and Sessions Judge Khawja Zafar Iqbal where Sub-Inspector Imtiaz Wahla was appearing regarding proceedings of a theft case (number 79/2012) registered with Quaid-e-Azam Real Estate Police Station by former Lahore Bar Association Model Town Seat President Qamar Shahid Mayo
SI Imtiaz was the Investigation Officer of the theft case in which it was alleged that one Atif had stolen jewelry from a wedding hall located on the PECO Road.
The complainant had stated in FIR that the accused had stolen jewelry of her sister.
On Thursday, the IO had to submit a report in the court and while submitting his report, he stated that police had no concrete evidence against Atif and his arrest was not possible. He said further investigation was under process.
The statement of the IO flared up Qamar Shahid and his associates, including Sajid Aiwan, Tauseef Ulfat and 35 others.
The lawyers while keeping aside prestige of the courtroom attacked SI Imtiaz and started thrashing him brutally. One of the lawyers even took out his pistol and hit the SI’s head with its butt, causing a severe injury.
The lawyers also slapped the SI and took him to the committee room while taking him hostage.
When the judge saw the whole episode, he left his seat and took shelter in his retiring room to save himself. However, a senior police official reached the court and rescued the SI.
It has been learnt that SI Imtiaz Wahla has registered a case against Qamar Shahid, Sajid Aiwan, Tauseef Ulfat and 35 other lawyers under the PPC sections 353, 506, 365, 342, 449, 448 and 186 with the Islampura Police Station.
Later, the aforesaid lawyers also secured their pre-arrest bails from a court on submission of surety bonds of Rs50,000 each.
Sub-inspector Imtiaz Wahla, talking to The News, said the lawyers had pressurised him to maneuver the investigation report and declare accused Atif guilty but he refused to accept their heinous demand. He alleged that Qamar Shahid advocate along with his henchmen was working as mafia and used to register fake cases against innocent people with different police stations. He said a case of the same nature was also registered with Kot Lakhputt Police Station, accusing the lawyer of registering cases and blackmailing people by using his law practice.
It is pertinent to mention that it was the second consecutive day when lawyers subjected police officials to severe torture. A group of lawyers on Wednesday had tortured ASI Zohaib of Green Town Police Station in the Sessions Court.
Meanwhile, the IG Punjab while addressing a press conference said that no one would be spared whether lawyers, journalists, politicians even police officials who would try to violate the law.