RAHIM YAR KHAN: Acquiring water from a mosque tap landed a farm workers household from the Hindu area in trouble as some village property owners presumably hurt and held them captive for “breaking the sacredness” of the location.
The case took place a couple of days back when Alam Ram Bheel, a citizen of Basti Kahoor Khan in the city residential areas, was picking raw cotton (phutti) along with his other relative, including his better half, in an area of Chak 106-P. Ram claimed when the household went outside a close-by mosque to bring drinking water from a faucet, some local landlords and their guys beat them. When the household was returning house after discharging the selected cotton, the landlords held them hostage at their dera (outhouse) as well as tortured them once again.
Later, some Muslim residents of Basti Kahoor Khan obtained the Bheel household released.
Ram Bheel said the Airport terminal police headquarters did not register the instance as the enemies were related to a regional PTI parliamentarian.
Ram claimed he held a sit-in outside the police station, along with another clan participant Peter Jhon Bheel to object the highhandedness.
Also a participant of the area tranquility committee, Peter Jhon Bheel informed Dawn that they came close to PTI MNA Javed Warriach that helped them lodge the FIR under sections 506, 154, 379, 148 and 149 of the Pakistan Penal Code on Friday last.
Jhon claimed he asked for various other participants of the district peace committee to call an emergency meeting over the issue but they did not take him seriously.
PTI’s south Punjab minority wing assistant general Yodhister Chohan told Dawn the incident was in his understanding yet because of the impact of a ruling party MP he liked to stay away.
Area Law Enforcement Officer Asad Sarfraz claimed that he was exploring the issue.
Deputy Commissioner Dr Khuram Shehzad said he would certainly fulfill Hindu minority seniors on Monday (today) prior to taking any type of action.
He said after the Bhong holy place issue, the area management had obtained some issues from the minority community which verified fake when explored.
Addressing a concern regarding the ‘inactive’ tranquility committee, the DC claimed it was “completely functional”.
Confirming the happening, Farooq Peel, a senior lawyer and previous area bar president, said he likewise belonged to Basti Kahoor where the Bheels had actually been living for greater than a century. He claimed the majority of the clan members were farm workers and exceptionally inadequate.
Rind said the implicated property owners were notorious for getting battles with other villagers over petty issues. He promised cost-free legal help for the complainant family members.