LAHORE - Four police officers, including an assistant sub-inspector (ASI), were suspended from service on charges of taking illegal gratification from a motorist besides harassing him in the name of several bogus departmental requirements at Thokar Niaz Baig check post.

The suspended officers including ASI Abdul Shakoor and Constables Shahid, Saqlain and Amjad failed to give a suitable reply when Mujahid Squad SP conducted on the-spot inquiry on Wednesday.

According to details, these cops signalled a motorist to stop and asked him to furnish legal documents of his car and his driving licence. “They harassed me quoting different departmental legalities and allowed me to go only after taking gratification,” the citizen alleged in a telephone call to the Mujahid Squad SP, a spokesman confirmed.

He further said the SP visited the scene and conducted an inquiry during which the cops remained tight-lipped or gave fake explanations. The spokesman said they had been suspended and a regular inquiry marked against them.

CULPRITS ARRESTED: At least nine culprits, most of them proclaimed offenders, were arrested from different police areas of the Saddar Division on Wednesday. Saddar Division SP Captain Liaqat Ali Malik also dismissed Head Constable Zahid Fareed on charges of remaining absent from duty.

According to the details, five gangsters named Muhammad Imran, Muhammad Ramazan, Ghulam Mustafa, Asghar Ali and Muhammad Saeed were declared as proclaimed offenders in connection with different cases – 484/02, 158/11, 21/11, and 454/09 – registered with Johar Town, Defence A, Township and Sherakot police stations.

Similarly, four other culprits named Sohail alias Mocha, Muhammad Nadeem, Shabbir and Naveed Masih were nabbed by the same police. Police have traced several cases against them. Stolen gold ornaments, cash, automatic sophisticated firearms, drugs and other valuables have been recovered from their possession. SP Saddar has announced cash prizes and commendatory certificates for the raiding police teams.

Meanwhile, two members associated to the Sodi dacoit gang were nabbed by Naseerabad police. Two gangsters including the ringleader Saud Mansha alias Sodi and his accomplice Adnan alias Dani were arrested red handed whereas their two accomplices managed to escape.