OKARA – Villagers thrashed a police party and deprived them of their weapons, cash and cell phones on barring them from violating the law during a festival at a shrine in suburb of Okara here the other day.
According to reports, a complaint was received at Ravi police station that some people were violating the Loudspeaker Act at the shrine of Baba Lal Shah in a village, Chah Shahabal Wala near Jandraka in Okara.
A reinforcement team led by Muhammad Hussain, SHO of Ravi police station, reached the spot and asked people not to breach the law and also detained a girl, who was dancing in the festival.
Furious over the police action, villagers encircled and gave them a thrash after overpowering the raiding team and tore their uniforms. In the attack, SHO Hussain, ASI Zulfiqar, Constables Liaqat Ali and Ismail received injuries.
The angry mob also snatched a police rifle, mobile phones, Rs15,500 from them, Express Tribune reported.
Later, more police officials reached the spot and controlled the violent situation.
Following the incident, the police have booked at least 57 accused, including Rustam Ali, Akbar, Kalu, Mohsin, Azam, Fozia, Ali Raza, and others under sections 6, 395, 397, 353, 186 and 294.