KASUR- The district police on Thursday registered a case against five accused including DHQ Hospital MS Dr Ashraf Javed on charge of torturing the reporter of a private news channel and holding him hostage in the hospital a couple days ago.

Earlier siding with the MS, the police had registered cases against 40 mediamen on fake charges of terrorism who were protesting against brutality of the MS.

According to the journalist community, the district administration took notice of the news stories published in different daily newspapers regarding journalists’ protests against hospital staff brutality and registration of cases against mediamen. The administration also assigned the officials concerned to take action against the accused while Kasur DPO Syed Ali Nasir Rizvi also assured the mediamen of cancellation of the ‘fake cases’ registered against them. The journalist community also demanded Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Punjab IG Police Mushtaq Sukhera to order arrest of the five accused including DHQ Hospital MS Dr Ashraf Javed.

On the other hand, journalists’ continued their protest for the third consecutive day across the district including Khuddian, Ellahabad, Pattoki and Kanganpur areas. They set ablaze tyres and blocked Ferozpur Road. The mediamen, belonging to different organizations, gathered at Kasur Press Club and organised a protest rally. The participants of the rally reached DHQ Hospital after passing through Steel Bagh Morr where the speakers said that any conspiracy to restrict freedom of expression would be foiled and the cases, registered against journalists on fake terrorism charges would never be tolerated.

Meanwhile, the police also reached the spot and registered a case against five accused including the DHQ Hospital MS Dr Ashraf Javed in front of journalists. The police registered cases under 342/365, 506/511, 149/147 Acts and also show copy of the FIR to journalists and assured them of arresting the accused. After police assurance, the mediamen dispersed peacefully.

Later, New Sabzi Mandi and Railway Road Amjuman-e-Tajran observed a complete shutdown to express solidarity with the mediamen.