BOONI: A prominent social worker and leader of Tehreek Huqooq-e-Awam on Monday obtained one-day’s protective bail from a local court against his possible arrest under the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) ordinance.
Talking to ChitralToday corespondent, Muhammad Pervez Lal said that early in the morning he received a telephone call from the additional station house officer (SHO) of Booni asking him to come to the police station as the district police officer (DPO) wanted to meet him.
Mr Pervez told the police official that if the DPO wanted to have a meeting with him he should have been informed in advance, and did not go to the police station as he had some other engagements.
Later, in the absence of Mr Pervez, some police personnel came to his house and remained there for hours. In the meantime, the Tehreek leader approached the district and sessions court and obtained a protective bail for 24 hours.
However, Additional Deputy Commissioner Muhammad Irfanuddin expressed ignorance about any case against Mr Pervez.
When ChitralToday correspondent contacted the Booni police station, the duty official also said there was no case against Mr Pervez.
But it is strange that when there is neither any complaint nor a case why the police should try to forcibly take a citizen to the police station.
It may be noted that a large number of people held a protest in Reshun during the recent visit of KP chief minister Mahmood Khan to the flood-hit village and chanted slogans against the district administration and police of Upper Chitral.
The people of Reshun have also announced to hold a protest on Sept 10 against government’s failure to compensate the affected people and reconstruct the damaged infrastructure, including roads, water and irrigation supply lines and a powerhouse.