LAHORE: City operations police chief Haider Ashraf suspended six policemen yesterday after a citizen complained of their misbehaviour through newly-launched WhatsApp service.

A police spokesman yesterday said that a departmental inquiry was initiated against the policemen after a resident of Peshawar, who introduced himself as Syed Mudassar Shah, filed a complaint by using WhatsApp service.

The complainant said that he was travelling in Mozang area when a police party stopped them for checking. The policemen abused Shah and his relative during an argument.

DIG Haider Ashraf took serious notice of the complaint and directed the SP Iqbal Town division to investigate the matter and submit the inquiry report at the earliest.–Staff Reporter

During the inquiry, the allegations against the policemen were proved true. The accused were identified as Ghulam Nabi, Muhammad Omar Hayat, Muhammad Arshad, Ikram Ullah, Arshad, and Muhammad Asif.

In the light of the inquiry report, six policemen were suspended from service. The DIG has also directed the officers to start disciplinary action against these cops, the spokesman added.

Lahore police launched WhatsApp service early this year in an attempt to bridge communication gap between police and the public. Since then, hundreds of citizens are filing complaints along with pictures by using social media tools.