LAHORE  - A fourteen-year-old has won legal battle against his own relatives who deprived his mother of inherited property with forged documents after his father died several months ago.

Resident of Mohni Road, Muhammad Bilal Khan says he decided to launch a struggle for justice through proper channels instead of getting in physical fighting with his relatives to get repossession of his father’s property.

One day I was walking on a road when I read a signboard outside the Lahore police headquarters.

“Soon after my father died some six months ago, my relatives occupied our property by forging the property documents and my father’s will,” the teenager told The Nation on Wednesday.

“I was really upset since doctors had suggested surgery for my ailing mother. But we were having not even a single penny. At one stage, we did not having anything to eat,” said the poor schoolboy, who also works at an IT company as office boy to feed his family. “I started may struggle to collect enough money to meet the medical expenditures of my ailing mother but nobody helped us. Even our close relatives used to avoid us. No one was ready to lend us money. Then I decided to fight my mother’s case legally.”

Instead of visiting the police station, the teenage boy tried to approach the top police officer in order to ensure quick response on his complaint.

“I went to a police official (who was on guard outside the CCPO office) and requested him that I wanted to meet the top officer. As he allowed me entry after physical search, I entered the police headquarters.

After going through a few security checks, I was given access to the office of Lahore Capital City Police Officer (CCPO),” Bilal recalled.

There were several complainants waiting inside the fortified building, the boy continued. The CCPO was listening to everyone but on their turn. “I was the youngest among all and the officer noted my presence in the hall which was packed with men and old men. He looked at me for a while and asked what he could do for me,” he told this scribe.

As Lahore CCPO Muhammad Amin Wains asked him to sit on a chair right in front of him, the boy burst into tears. After a while, the boy narrated the whole story before the officer. “He listened to me very carefully. He even suspended the office work and called his staff to take notes as I was explaining what happened to my family,” Bilal said.

The boy told the top police officer that the brothers and sisters of his father had prepared a fake will of his father with the thumb impression after his death. As per the fake will, his father, Babar Khan, had left all his belongings and property for sisters and brothers instead of wife and children. Official sources said that CCPO Amin Wains directed his staff to get an application from the boy and take strict action against the accused. The concerned police station was ordered to immediately register a case against the fraudsters and put them behind the bars.

“It was just a matter of days (after the top cop took notice). As my relatives came to know that they are going to be booked for committing a fraud, they immediately contacted my mother who was on bed and asked for forgiveness.”

“My mother advised me to forgive them since they were ready to handover the property and other belongings of my father. So, I had to withdraw the application on my mother’s advice.”

On Monday evening, the SHO arranged a meeting of both the accused and the complainant parties at the police station. The accused persons handed over Rs90,000 in cash and a motorcycle to the boy besides the immoveable property.

The very next day, Bilal took his mother to a private clinic located near Allahu Chowk in Johar Town.

“The doctors have performed the surgery (of my mother) successfully. She is recovering fast. I have not only won the case but also the heart of my mother,” the orphan boy said with a shine in his eyes.

“I have no words to say thanks to the police officer who helped us at a time when even our close relatives refused to help us,” Muhammad Bilal said.

The boy further said that he wanted to become a police officer in the future so that he could provide justice to all the deserving and needy people. “I am very happy now because my mother is really very happy,” the boy said with smiling face.

However, it is not easy for a teenager to visit any police office without any reference or recommendation, but due to the efforts of CCPO Amin Wains the chit system has already been eliminated at all the police headquarters in Lahore. Complainants can directly approach the Lahore police chief.

This initiative is also the basic part of the action plan prepared by the Lahore police to create soft image of the country’s largest law enforcing agency.