Protesting Barikot traders seek SHO’s suspension

MINGORA: The local shopkeepers on Wednesday demanded of district police officer to suspend the SHO of Ghaligey police station for inflicting violence on the president of Barikot Traders Federation.

The shopkeepers and traders of Barikot tehsil observed shutdown strike and staged protest against the misbahviour of Ghaligey police. They chanted slogans and said that the SHO on Tuesday night along with other policemen went to Barikot bazaar and whisked away BTF president Merajud Din.

“The SHO started abusing him and also inflicted violence on him in front of many people without any reason. It is highly condemnable,” said Raza Khan, vice president of BTF. He added that Merajud Din was later released on the pressure of traders.

The protesters said that insult of innocent people by police had become a daily routine in Barikot.

Mr Meraj said that police were meant for public safety and not for disgracing them. “I have been elected by the traders and shopkeepers and no one can stop me from serving my voters,” he said.He said that BTF would move court against the SHO.

The protesting traders demanded of the authorities to immediately suspend the SHO and take legal action against him. They threatened to launch a protest movement against the police if the SHO was not suspended within three days.

Meanwhile, All Swat Traders Federation condemned the act of police and extended full support to the protesting shopkeepers.

Also, Mohammad Abbas, a resident of Kas area, who was allegedly beaten by a group of bakers on Tuesday, said that Banr police were not taking action on his report.

“I was going home when five persons beat me and left me severely injured. Local people shifted me to the hospital where the medical staff did not treat me. Later, I was taken to Barn police station in Mingora where police at first did not lodge report but on the protest of locals they registered the report,” he said.

Mr Abbas said that even after filing the report, police were hesitant to arrest the attackers. He appealed to IG, Malakand DIG and Swat DPO to take action against the people, who beat him.

Published in Dawn, May 16th, 2019