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Over 300 suspects arrested for vandalism at Federal Judicial Complex: police

Police say 58 of its personnel were injured in violent arson while 12 vehicles, 20 motorcycles and a checkpost were set on fire

By Web Desk
March 22, 2023
PTI chief Imran Khan´s supporters shout slogans as they protest outside a court in Islamabad on March 18, 2023. — AFP
PTI chief Imran Khan´s supporters shout slogans as they protest outside a court in Islamabad on March 18, 2023. — AFP

The Islamabad Capital Police Wednesday said they have arrested 316 suspects in various operations to round up Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) workers suspected to have been involved in vandalism, arson and attacks on police personnel outside the Federal Judicial Complex (FJC) on March 18.

The police are conducting raids across the city to book more suspects, while the process of identifying all suspects involved in the violence is underway with the help of cameras.

According to the police, 58 of its personnel were injured in the violent arson while 12 vehicles, 20 motorcycles and a police checkpost were set on fire.

The violent incidents were triggered after PTI Chairman Imran Khan arrived at the judicial complex to attend a hearing of the Toshakhana case against him on March 18.

To prevent Khan from appearing before the court, his party's supporters attacked the law enforcement agencies and damaged property.

Several PTI leaders and workers were also booked under terrorism and other charges following the violent protests is the federal capital.

Those arrested in the violent incidents are also being reported to other districts, so that the ones still wanted in these districts can be also handed over to the ICT.

Information regarding government officials involved in violent acts is being sent to their respective departments for departmental action to be taken against them.

All previous police records of all the suspects is also being obtained. Public servants active on social media, who were involved in provocative activities are being identified, so that departmental action could be taken against them.

Information about employees of private organisations and companies, involved in the vandalism, will be sent to their employers.

Meanwhile, letters are being written to the respective foreign embassies of the migrants who have been found involved in the violent activities. On the other hand, action has also been initiated against the facilitators who have financed the violent protests.