RAWALPINDI - Police bashing is an old fashion as the people blame it even for the wrong doings of others but ignore that there are many black sheep in City District Government Rawalpindi (CDGR) and Islamabad Electricity Supply Company (IESCO) too.
During the recent campaign to unveil the electricity and gas thieves as directed by PML-N-led federal government, the CDGR officials in connivance with IESCO's corrupt officials have hanged so many innocent citizens with the hook, including small shopkeepers and traders by lodging FIRs on account of electricity or gas theft in almost all the police stations thus overlooking the big fishes involved in heinous crime of electricity and gas theft.
Moreover, the representatives of WAPDA Hyrdo Electric Workers Union (CBA) jumped into arena and staging protests against the honest and competent police officers to save the skinks of the most corrupt and incompetent XENs, SDOs, line mans, assistant line mans and meter readers, who implicate the innocent citizens in fake cases but sparing those who fill their pockets with money. This was done to mold the inquiry of the cases.
It also happened on Monday, when tens of hundreds of WAPDA workers union, led by their union leader Javed Baloch, agitated against two police officers for calling their six ASLs and meter readers in police stations for questioning as to why they implicated innocent citizens in theft cases.
The protestors chanted slogans against police and demanded immediate suspension of the two police officers- Station House Officer (SHO) Police Station (PS) Saddar Bairooni Jahangir Bhatti and SHO PS Naseerabad Chaudhry Jamil-for harassing the WAPDA officials. Sensing the sensitivity of the matter, Magistrate Kamran Khan, SP Headquarters Muhammad Masud Raza and ASP Haroon rushed to the scene, negotiated with the protestors and managed to disperse them. During the entire episode, the commuters and pedestrians faced hardships.
Both the SHOs, while talking to The Nation, rebuffed the allegations of harassment of officials, saying they called them just for probing.
They said that WAPDA officials wrongly implicating the innocent citizens in electricity theft cases while not exposing the high and might electricity and gas thieves.
Chaudhry Jamil, SHO Naseerabad, told the task force got registered a case against one Nadeem, the owner of Falcon Bakery at Misrial Road, of stealing electricity but police found him non-guilty after through investigation. "I ask the applicant line man of WAPDA to come police station and take part in investigation. Neither I lock him up nor I torture him", SHO added.
Same said by SHO Jahangir Bhatti that police found no evidences of electricity theft against Bahadur son of Allah Dad, a pump owner at Adyala Road, Muhammad Ishaq, owner of a plastic factory at Adyala. WAPDA line mans accused both of them of stealing electricity by slowing down their meters. "When the laboratory tests of WAPDA meters were conducted, it proved that they are not tempered and he invited IESCO officials in police station to ask as to why they lodging wrong FIR against the innocent citizens" Jahangir said.
He said that they not only refused to come to police station but also staged a protest demonstration at main artery of the city just to pressurize SHO to wind up the case for lodging wrong FIR against the citizens.
Similarly, Nadeem, a resident of Liaquat Colony facing charges of converting domestic meter to commercial meter, proved innocent in police investigation, SHO added.
Commissioner Rawalpindi Division, District Coordination Officer (DCO) and Javed Baloch, the WAPDA union representative, did not attend their phones calls when contacted by this scribe to know their versions about the issue.