An assistant sub inspector was accused of taking bribe for release of a driver after torturing the latter at a private place.

Mudassar Iqbal, a resident of Latifabad, remonstrated with various high-ups including the deputy director anti-corruption that ASI Naveed accompanied by his two other companions kidnapped him in the former’s car when he was present at the Jamaldinwali Road. He alleged that the ASI beaten up him with clubs and rods. Later, he added, the ASI contacted with his brother and demanded Rs20,000 for release of the ‘victim’.

The complainant said that the ASI bashed him at his private torture cell situated in Zafar Saee Town on the false accusation of kidnapping a girl. “Then, he (the ASI) called my brother Amir and asked him that if he wanted to see his brother (Mudassar) alive, immediately arrange Rs20,000 and get him released,” he alleged. “Against the police torture, is filed a complaint with the City police station but to no avail.” He demanded that the police high-ups should order an inquiry into the incident and take a stern action against the ASI.

ANTI-INFLATION STEPS AFOOT: To provide the common man with some relief, the Punjab government was monitoring the prices of essential commodities especially fruit and vegetables thereby bringing down the rates of various goods and taking action against profiteers and hoarders, said MPA Kanjii Ram.

Accompanied by the assistant commissioner and other officials, the PML-N paliamentarian visited the Sahulat Bazaar set up near Railway Chowk by the Sadiqabad administration and Market Committee. Talking to the media, the MPA said that Punjab Chief Minister Shahbzad Sharif was taking affective measures against price hike. He visited various stalls of flour and checked the record of quality and sale of the commodity. Likewise, he checked the quality of fruit and vegetables.

On the occasion, vender M Sharif complained that the small vendors were forced to sell goods at lower prices while they had to purchase the same from wholesale markets at higher prices. He demanded that the vendors of Sahulat bazaars should be provided goods at lower rates as compared to the other traders.