HAFIZABAD - Lethargic response of police has to be blamed for the killing of a woman and injuries to three others, among them a minor girl and a boy, in Chhani Qasim area.

Allah Ditta had informed the police about the life threats he received from the dacoits, who had, three weeks back, made off with 60-tola gold ornaments and Rs0.25 million cash from his house, torturing the villager and his family members badly. He had then alerted Police Helpline 15, but his efforts drawn a blank. A case had been registered against the dacoits, when he approached the Kassesay police and DPO Hafizabad. Recently, he had pointed out names of some suspects. Ditta was receiving threats from them since. And the police ensured that he continue to live under threats.

The anger and disappointment in Chhani Qasim over the police’s callousness was evident on Saturday, after the dacoits shot dead Ditta’s sister Aasia, and wounded his wife Nusrat, and minors Kousar and Asif during the night.

The dacoits asked Aasia about the whereabouts of his brother, who had hidden himself in a bid to save his life. Meanwhile, the Kassesay police have registered a case and assured to arrest the culprits shortly.

Lately, robberies, dacoities, car and bike snatching, and street crimes have surpassed all previous records in the district, where the police remain a silent spectator to these offences.

Wapda employees rally:  Wapda employees took out a rally to protest against its privatisation here.

Led by Abdul Razzaq Mughal, the president of the Hydro-Electric Union Hafizabad, and general secretary Shafqat Mahmood, the protesters raised slogans against the proposed privatisation and for acceptance of their demands.

They called upon the government to withdraw the proposal to privatise Wapda. Then they left for Gujranwala to participate in a rally to be organized by Gepco Gujranwala Division.

Body of missing students found: Mystery of a BA student’s disappearance ended after recovery of his dead body hanging from a tree on the bank of River Chinab near Gujrat.

According to police, Muhammad Shoaib, son of Muhammad Idress of Kot Hassan Khan, was disappeared from his village about a week back. His relations went from pillar to post in search of the deceased. Recently, it was suspected that someone had abducted him. On Friday, some locals found the body, which was later identified.

The Kassoki Police have registered a case against unknown accused. The motive of the offence could not be ascertained yet.