(Siddique Sadiq)

The Jhang police have been accused of registering cases only after the complainants agree to lessen the intensity of heinous crimes committed against them to ordinary offenses in order to escape the wrath of senior officers if the accused are not traced.

In one such case, a dacoity incident was happened last week when 11 dacoits intruded into the house of Malik Muzaffar Abbas in Rasoolpura near General Bus Stand. The dacoits looted the family on gunpoint and escaped from the crime scene before arrival of the police. The dacoity victim had filed an application with City police station for registration of an FIR but to no avail.

The City SHO asked the victim to change the application filed for registration of FIR from dacoity into normal theft incident, Muzaffar Abbas told this scribe. A day before, salesman of a mobile phone company franchise Abid Hussain visited Hawali Bahadar Shah and surrounding localities and collected Rs717,000 cash from different shopkeepers. Abid was in way back to his office by a motorbike. Near Gulgasht area on Jhang-Shorkot, three dacoits intercepted him. One of the dacoits shot at the hand of Abid when he showed resistance during snatching of the cash bag.

After committing dacoity on highway, the three outlaws escaped from the crime scene. When the manager of the franchise filed application with the police station Warryamwala for registration of FIR, he was advised by the police to convert the application from highway dacoity into a theft case by nominating the victim salesman in the case. Hasoo Balail, a widow, had logged an application about murder of her son in police station Garh Mahraja and demanded arrest of nominated accused. But she was advised by the police that nominated accused could only be arrested if she nominates her younger son in the case of her elder son’s murder. One day earlier, 15 people were injured and two of them suffered bullet injuries and shifted to DHQ Hospital. Police were chasing a suspected car and firing incident was also happened when police tried to stop suspected car at Nawaz Chowk but Kotwali police registered an FIR of a normal road accident and succeeded in hiding the firing and injuries of the victims.

When contacted, PRO to District Police Officer Mr Ali Raza told this scribe that the DPO had recently taken over the charge and all the complaints regarding non-registration of FIRs would be brought to his notice soon.