MARDAN: Employees of All Secretaries Association Mardan on Friday held a protest demonstration outside Mardan Press Club over failure of police to arrest “killers” of their colleague, Obaid Khan, whose body was found from a field in Jabbar areas of Mardan.
The victim was secretary union council Dagi-1.
A large number of employees of different union councils of Mardan took part in the protest. The protesters who were holding placards and banners blocked the road outside Mardan press club for all kinds of traffic for over an hour. The protestors criticized the “lethargic” attitude of the Par Hoti Chowk and demanded immediate arrest of the “killers’.
The protesting employees also chanted slogans against the government for its failure to maintain law and order situation in the province. They said poor law and order situation motivating anti-state elements and criminals to move freely without any fear after committing a crime.
It is to mention here that the victim, identified as Obaid Khan, was on his way home on Tuesday night after closing his shop when unidentified persons allegedly kidnapped him and on Wednesday morning his body was found in the fields of Jabbar.
After making all out efforts to trace him, the family later approached Par Hoti police station and registered his missing case.
Unsatisfied with the police performance in search and trace of Khan, the family and relatives put Khan’s body at Par Hoti Chowk and demanded immediate arrest of killers.
The protesting relatives also accused station house officer (SHO) Par Hoti PS Ajab Khan for his lethargic attitude. They said if the SHO picked their calls on the night of the incident, the criminal could be traced and murder could be avoided. They further said that the local police were using delaying tactics in the investigation process and arrest of the “killers”.
Superintendent Police (SP) Investigation Mohammad Ayaz Khan when asked said investigation is under way and the accused will soon be arrested.
Ayaz Khan said the police have registered a case against unknown persons and search and trace operation is under way.
However, the protestors warned of holding a sit-in for an indefinite period if the killers were not arrested soon.