islamabad - Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan yesterday sprang into action and suspended heads of two police stations of the federal capital; one for registering a case against three-year-old child, and the other for giving a ‘wrong report’ to him over arrests of civil society activists.

The minister also sought an explanation from inspector general of police (IGP), deputy commissioner and SSP (operations) over these two separate issues.

The interior minister suspended station house officer (SHO) Shalimar Police Station for registering a case against three-year-old child while SHO Aabpara Police Station was suspended for allegedly giving ‘wrong report’ to the ministry of interior over arrests of civil society activists in front of Lal Mosque on December 16.

A statement issued by the ministry of interior said that the SHO Shalimar and the investigation officer concerned have been suspending for registering first information report (FIR) without verification while the SP concerned has been issued show cause notice.

“On one hand, the people face difficulties in getting registered legal and true FIRs with the police, on the other an FIR was registered against a child without verification of his age,” the minister said. He added that action should be taken against the officials concerned as they brought bad name to the police department.

Earlier, Islamabad police yesterday contradicted a news item regarding registration of a case against a child at Shalimar Police Station. A police spokesman in a statement termed the news absolutely misleading, incorrect and an attempt by the channel to distort the facts. There was no truth in registration of the case against any child, namely Usman, he added.

He said Muhammad Khalid son of Suba Khan, resident of Sector F-10/2, had lodged an application with the Shalimar Police that Adeel Asghar, his brother Usman, Muhammad Ishtiaq Bangish and others had occupied the basement of Insaaf Plaza, 6-D, F-10 Markaz, and had also taken away valuables from there.

The Shalimar Police, the spokesman, registered first information report number 421 on December 17. During investigation, it was revealed that Adeel Asghar had four brothers namely Muhammad Zaheer, Muhammad Shoaib, Muhammad Idrees and Muhammad Raheel. He said Adeel Asghar had no brother namely Usman and all his brothers were above 20-year-old. Therefore, there was no question of registration of a case or arrest of any child, he added. The spokesman said complainant Muhammad Khalid had wrongly mentioned the name of Usman in his application and termed him a brother of Adeel Asghar.

On another issue, the minister sought explanation from deputy commissioner and SSP (operations) Islamabad for giving “wrong report” about the arrest of civil society activists who were protesting in front of Lal Mosque. They were also asked why police misbehaved with the civil society activists on December 16 when they were protesting against Maulana Abdul Aziz.

The ministry in a separate statement said that SHO Aabpara Police Station has been suspended and SP City had been issued show cause notice. The action against protesting people was uncalled for and unacceptable, the minister said.