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Custodial death sparks protest in Hafizabad


Protesters block road for six hours; SHO among eight cops suspended


From Our Correspondent


HAFIZABAD: The death of a 20-year-old dacoity accused in Vanike Tarar police custody sparked protest here on Saturday.


Tanveer Abbas along with his accomplices had allegedly snatched a truck from its driver some days ago and police had arrested the accused in the case from Chak Ghazi about two days ago. During interrogation, police allegedly tortured accused Tanveer. As a result, he died. On information, relatives of accused Tanveer along with villagers staged a demonstration in front of the police station. They blocked Qadirabad-Jalalpur Road for about six hours. They were chanting slogans against police. They were demanding registration of a case against the policemen responsible for the death of Tanveer.


The protesters also attacked the police station and pelted it with stones, injuring some policemen. To this, police resorted to baton-charge. As a result, some of the protesters were injured. They ended the protest after registration of a case against the accused policemen. Meanwhile, DPO Muhammad Zubair Dareshak suspended SHO Riaz Haideri and seven other policemen. On the other hand, police said that accused Tanveer committed suicide by hanging himself with a fan.


Three kids injured in firecracker explosion


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HAFIZABAD: Two brothers and their sister were injured when a firecracker exploded at Kaleke Mandi village.


Participants of a marriage party threw a firecracker but it did not explode. In the meantime, eight-year-old Taimoor, who was playing outside his house, picked the firecracker and brought it to his house, considering it a ball, where it exploded. As a result, Taimoor, his five-year-old brother Adeel and seven-year-old sister Nimra were injured seriously. They were rushed to the DHQ Hospital but the doctors referred them to a hospital in Lahore due to their critical condition.