OKARA - A constable hailing from Okara has died of chicken pox during his training at Sahala Training Centre as he was not allegedly allowed to go on leave for treatment.

The family members of Syed Askari Hussan Gillani, the deceased, demanded suspension of the responsible officers. The resident of Chaudhry Colony joined the Police Department in 2000 as constable. In 2001, he was injured in a confrontation with robbers. Thereafter being recovered, he joined the Elite Police Force and became head constable. In March 2012, he was sent to Sahala Training Centre for the training of ASI. A few days before the completion of his training, he suffered from fever and chicken pox. For treatment, he applied for leaves but the authorities denied him.

Due to critical condition, he was shifted to PIMS Hospital but could not survive and breathed his last there.

The family demanded that the Punjab chief minister should suspend the authorities of the Sahala Training Centre. He has survived by wife Farwa Naqvi, a daughter and two sons. His wife is employed as hostel warden at Govt Girls College Okara.

His funeral prayers offered in Markazi Janazgah was attended by a number of police officials, citizens, journalist and advocates besides general public.