LAHORE: A day after the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) public meeting at Minar-i-Pakistan, the Lahore police conducted a raid on the event’s service providers.
Police high-ups gave the divisional SPs a duty to find and prosecute and take disciplinary action against those who handled chairs and other products for the PDM’s public meeting.
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Similarly, the district government was also given the same mission and, accordingly, the Shahdara police lodged a criminal case for ‘facilitating’ the PDM show by selling 7,000 chairs against two major dealers, Mian Imran and Mian Shahid.
A lawsuit by Patwari Farrukhabad Mohammad Javed was filed against them by the FIR.
Two traders booked for selling 7,000 chairs
Mr. Javed alleged that the chairs were offered to suspect Mohammad Shafiq by the merchants and nominated him in the case as well.
In the FIR, he alleged that the accused were blatantly in violation of the standard operating procedure (SOP) and Section 144 levied by the government of Punjab.
The complainant alleged that the Shafiq perpetrator bought chairs from the Mian Shahid and Mian Imran shop near New Ravi Bridge.
An official said that when he appeared at the [PDM] public meeting, the police received some photos and video clips of one of the suspects, Mian Imran.
According to the list [of shopkeepers and major dealers] issued to the divisional SPs and the station house officers to take action against them, he said the police started a crackdown on the capture of the other suspects.
He said the police deputy for security at the meeting removed most of the chairs from the site and also deployed power so that the chairs] could not be obtained by anyone.
Fearing police prosecution, after shutting their market points, many of them have gone underground.
There have also been allegations that police officers have [allegedly] targeted traffickers and shopkeepers, presumably under pressure from high-ups to ensure arrests as ordered.