LAHORE - Everyone was stunned to see an infant at a local court on Thursday who was accused by police of pelting stones at a police party and making a murder attempt at them.
Nine-month-old Musa held his feeder firmly against his chest as the judge granted him bail. Sitting in the lap of his grandfather the baby-boy was quite puzzled to see so many strange eyes fixed at him.
Frightened for being at an unhomely place, he even started to cry as the lawyers of both sides argued the case. His other family members were also present with their sad faces, as they looked powerless before the ‘mighty police’.
Additional and Sessions Judge Rafaqat Ali however granted an interim bail to the accused infant and adjourned hearing until April 12.
Muslim Town Police booked the infant for his ‘involvement’ in an alleged assassination attempt on police. According to FIR, registered on February 1, Musa ‘attacked’ the staff of a state-run gas company when they raided at his home in Muslim Town. The FIR alleged him of also being involved in a murder attempt at police officials and pelting them with stones.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has took notice of the registration of the case against the infant, after his court appearance was highlighted by electronic media. He sought report from Inspector General Police Punjab and directed to take stern action against the responsible police officials.
DIG Operation Rana Abdul Jabbar then suspended ASI Kashif and also sought report from Iqbal Town SP Touseef Haider. Minister for Human Rights and Minorities Affairs Khalil Tahir Sindhu also took notice of the human rights violation by the police.