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Manhandled female DEO seeks case registration

MUZAFFARGARH: A woman district education officer who was allegedly manhandled by a male teacher facing a probe has said she was facing threats from the influential accused while police was not registering a case against him.

Secondary Schools DEO Khalida Shaheen was allegedly thrashed and locked up in a room of Taunsa Barrage High School on Friday by Akram Rind, a teacher who had been suspended from service for torturing the school in charge Kazim Shah. Ms Shaeen went to the school to conduct a probe into the matter.

She was rescued by Daira Din Pannah police who also detained the accused.

She, however, alleged that when she reached the police station, SHO Nasir Mahmood refused to register a case because the accused was a voter of a local forward-bloc MPA.

She said the local education authorities were also reluctant to back her as they did not want to annoy the MPA. Even her complaints made to department high-ups were ignored, she added.

Education EDO Nadeem Masood, when approached, said he was too busy to comment on the issue.

An official requesting anonymity said Ms Shaheen was not in good books of her bosses as she had obtained a court stay against her repeated transfers.

FARMERS BOOKED: Police registered a case against 14 farmers of Chowk Sarwar Shaheed who allegedly tortured a food inspector on Sunday.

DFC Malik Qaswar Ali Abbas said food officials were on a strike on Sunday against suspension of their colleagues when the farmers tortured and injured Qaiser Abbass.

He said despite registration of an FIR, the police did not arrest the accused because of local politicians’ pressure.
Source: Dawn