Islamabad protestors booked for kidnapping, torturing police officers


ISLAMABAD: Eight first information reports (FIR) were registered on Saturday against members of religious groups Tehreek-e-Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah and Sunni Tehreek Pakistan for allegedly kidnapping and torturing four police officers during their protests in the capital city.

The policemen were kidnapped on Friday and released on Saturday morning. FIRs under Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act and multiple sections of the Pakistan Penal Code have been registered against the culprits.

Police officers acted as the complainants in the latest FIR against the protestors. They have claimed that the protestors kidnapped the police officers after snatching a wireless set and camera from them. The FIR also states that the protestors opened fire on police but they escaped unhurt.

Reports also reveal that the leaders of the religious parties had also threatened to attack the families of federal ministers if their demands were not met.

The protest rally began earlier this week when a few hundred members of Tehreek-e-Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah gathered at Faizabad and later grew to over 3,000 protestors. Capital Development Authority and law enforcement agencies were forced to erect barricades on the capital’s main roads to prevent the protestor’s entry into sensitive areas. The city’s traffic and residents have faced disruptions in their normal lives because of the protestors.

Previously, the protestors had already been booked on different charges including the death of a child, violence against a TV channel’s crew, rioting, unlawful assembly and assaulting an official.