KASUR - A group of lawyers allegedly gave a sound thrashing to a police constable after abducting him for forbidding them from bathing in a canal.

According to the Mustafabad police, the lawyers also snatched his rifle and quarrelled with DSP (Saddr) Mirza Arif Rasheed after hurling abuses at him when he asked them to release the constable. The police said that the constable namely Asif, posted at Mustafabad Police Station, was patrolling in the area when he saw a group of lawyers bathing in Mustafabad Canal.

 The cop followed his way after he reminded them about the ban on bathing in canals and forbade them not to violate the act. Later, when he visited the place again, he found the same group of lawyers still enjoying swimming in the canal. Their indifference to obey the law made Asif angry and he admonished them for deliberately violating the ban and also deflated one of the tyres of a lawyer’s bike.

This act, however, made the lawyers furious at him and bore a grudge against him. The other day, Constable Asif arrived at District and Sessions Court to produce an accused in the court, the ‘group’ of lawyers took him to their chamber where they tortured him severely. They also snatched official rifle from him and kept him in the chamber. On information, DSP (Saddr) Mirza Arif Rasheed, B-Division Police and Saddr Police SHOs rushed to the spot and asked the lawyers to release the constable. But instead of releasing the cop, the lawyers not only scuffled with the DSP but also tore his uniform after hurling abuses at him. After intervention by the District and Sessions Judge, DPO Syed Ali Nasir Rizvi and District Bar Association President Mian Muneer, the lawyers released the constable and also handed over the rifle to the police.

The police have registered cases against 15 lawyers and 300 of their accomplices on charges of kidnapping and terrorism.

The police have also sealed the FIR.