LAHORE  - A 16-year-old labourer ended his life by swallowing poisonous pills in Hanjarwal, police said on Tuesday.

The family told the police that Muhammad Sajawal went to his bedroom late Monday and fell unconscious under mysterious circumstances. He was rushed to hospital where he expired later. The youth was residing in a rented house along with his parents. The family had been suffering from financial constraints for the last couple of months. Police have removed the body to the morgue for autopsy and are investigating.

ACR condemns police order

The Association of Crime Reporters (ACR) Lahore on Tuesday staged a demonstration in front of the office of the Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) for banning the reporters’ access to the police headquarters.

A good number of other journalists later joined the sit-in and demanded the Punjab chief minister to ensure media freedom and right to information.  The journalist community also condemned the police action for imposing a ban on the entry of crime reporters in the police headquarters.

While addressing the protesters, President ACR Ejaz Ahmed Butt said that the government and opposition parties must take notice of the police highhandedness. He further said that following the Model Town tragedy the top cops are pressurizing crime the reporters not to file news stories against the Lahore police.

The protesters later dispersed peacefully.

The ACR would take out rally from Lahore Press Club to the Chief Ministers’ Secretariat today (Wednesday) at 5:00pm.