HAFIZABAD

A minor student of a religious madrasa who was mercilessly beaten by his teachers on August 18, succumbed to his wounds in Allied Hospital Faisalabad on Sunday.

The police have arrested one of the accused — Qari Habibur Rehman and have registered a case against them.

According to Tahir Mehmood, father of deceased Adnan, 10, a resident of Fatehke, his son was admitted in the Madrasa Aliul Murtaza in Pindi Bhattian for religious education.

He visited the seminary on August 21 and found that his son in serious condition. The child told his father that he was mercilessly tortured by his teachers —- Qari Habibur Rehman and Qari Abdul Majeed.

Mehmood reported the incident to the Pindi Bhattian Police and the child was shifted to THQ Hospital Pindi Bhattian from where he was referred to Allied Hospital Faisalabad in critical condition. Despite frantic efforts by the doctors, Adnan succumbed to his injuries on Sunday. The police have launched hunt for the second accused.

OCCUPIED LAND RETRIEVED: DCO Muhammad Usman and DPO Shakir Hussain Dawar have retrieved 20 acres of agricultural land, owned by overseas Pakistan, from the possession of grabbers.

The land owned by Muhammad Shabbir Farooqi, an Overseas Pakistani and resident of Sukheke Mandi, had forcibly been occupied by Ali Nawaz, Tahir Nawaz and Haq Nawaz, nephews of former MPA Sarfraz Bhatti since long.

The operation was carried out on the directives the Punjab chief minister.

According to Shabbir Farooqi, he had purchased the land about five years back but the influential political workers had illegally occupied the land.

Since then he went from pillar to the post to get possession of the land but the accused created hurdles in getting the possession of the land. Shabbir Farooqi has thanked the Punjab Chief Minister and called upon the authorities to take legal action against the accused.

PROTEST: The villagers of Dhingranwali have protested against the use of substandard material in Hafizabad-Dhingranwali Road which has developed potholes at various places.

They have called upon the Commissioner Gujranwala and DCO Hafizabad to order an inquiry into the use of substandard material and to ensure the repair of the road immediately.