October 18, 2018 Off By Web Desk

As many as 116 police officials have been suspended from their posts, for their alleged involvement in the Jun, 2014, Model Town tragedy, in Pakistan’s eastern Punjab province, local media reported.

The suspended policemen included deputy superintendent of police, inspectors and investigation in-charge, said local Urdu TV channel, ARY News, on Wednesday, adding that, the removed officials have been directed to report to their respective headquarters for further orders.

Earlier this month, anti-terrorism court, in the country’s eastern city, Lahore, also indicted former Punjab police chief, Mushtaq Sukhera, over his role in the Model Town tragedy. The official, however, denied all the allegations levelled against him.

On Jun 17, 2014, at least 14 people, including two women, were killed, when Punjab police, allegedly opened fire on protesters of the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) Party. Around 100 workers also got injured in the clashes, over the removal of barricades outside the PAT secretariat, in the Model Town area of Lahore.

Since then, PAT chief, Tahir-ul-Qadri, has been demanding justice in the case and seeking suspension of all policemen involved in the operation, to conduct free and fair investigation in the case.

On Sept 27, Prime Minister, Imran Khan, assured the PAT chief that, strict action would be taken against those behind the Model Town tragedy.

“The chief minister of Punjab needs to ensure that action, as per law, was taken, against all those responsible for the killings. They need to be removed of their posts, so that impartial legal action may proceed,” said the prime minister.