SIALKOT - Dozens of rice growers staged a protest demonstration at the District Courts Chowk against the Saddar police for not arresting three “fraudulent” rice dealers.

Rice dealers had allegedly purchased a huge quantity of the paddy yield worth of Rs65 million had fled away after giving them fake bank cheques a month ago.

The protesting growers including Haji Muhammad Ilyas, Maqsud Ahmed Butt, Haji Khawar Javaid and Muhammad Arif also staged a protest sit-in. They were carrying banners and placards and chanting anti-police slogans, demanding immediate arrest of the accused. The senior police officials, on the occasion, negotiated with the protesters and assured them of early arrest of the accused. Later, they dispersed peacefully.

Dealers Javaid Ahmed, Waqas Ahmed and Abbas Ahmed of village Gunnah Kalan had purchased the paddy yield from the growers and gave them bogus cheques.

On the bank report, the Saddar police had registered a fraud case. Meanwhile, Sialkot SP (Investigation) Nasir Muneef Qureshi told the newsmen that the police had started investigation, with no arrest. He said that the accused would be arrested soon, as the police were conducting sudden raids at various places.

MAN DIES IN ACCIDENT: Fiaz, 32, of village Kandan Sayyan died before attending the walima ceremony of her younger sister, while going to Gujranwala, as his car rammed into a road side tree near village Glotiyaan, Daska along.

He has recently returned back to home from Kuwait for her wedding. The dead body was reached home due to which a wedding house turned into a mourning place. He was laid to rest in his native graveyard in village Kandan Sayyan amid sobs and tears in presence of hundreds of the mourners.