Complaint diarized against governor, police: Baton-charge on journalists -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Complaint diarized against governor, police: Baton-charge on journalists

FAISALABAD- The Civil Lines police claimed to have diarized the report in their daily register (Roznamcha) against the Punjab governor, district police chief, Crime Investigation Agency (CIA) Deputy Superintendent Police (DSP), and other policemen for torturing journalists at the local Iqbal stadium.

The officials include district police chief Tasadduq Husain, CIA DSP Arshad Dogar and DSP Ghazanfar Warriach.

Sources learnt that the report had been registered on the complaint of local journalist Chaudhry Sarfraz Ahmad Sahi. He said the journalists were issued security cards for the coverage of the President Musharraf’s rally at the Iqbal stadium on April 14. Sitting along with colleagues, he said he was taking notes when all of a sudden Mr Maqbool incited the public to ‘curse the newsmen for their misreporting.’

The complainant claimed the public forced the mediamen to stay away from the rally, adding they started making for the press club. However, he said the governor’s subordinates and heavy police contingent chased them.

He maintained DSPs Arshad Dogar and Ghazanfar Warriach abused the newsmen. When the newsmen informed Senior Superintendent Police (SSP) Tasadduq Husain, he said he also expressed resentment, justifying ‘you boycotted the public meeting and, therefore, deserved such treatment.’

On the SSP’s orders, the journalist claimed, police resorted to baton-charge on the journalists, injuring some of them. A case is yet to be registered. Scores of media men took out a rally over government’s failure to take action against the officials. Carrying placards, the protesters demanded that immediate action should be taken against those involved.
Source: Dawn
Date:4/26/2002