PESHAWAR: An Army captain beats up Motorway Police official in Peshawar.
According to the details, Motorway police called the military police HQ to verify the military officer. MP headquarters told Motorway police to wait and then they sent more army officials on the spot.
Meanwhile, a security official told the BBC after a dispute between motorway police and an army officer near the motorway toll plaza in Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, that the two sides had reached a mutually agreed settlement at Chamkani police station.
It is pertinent to mention that an official of the Motorway Police had lodged a complaint at the Chamkani Police Station in Peshawar, alleging that the accomplices of a man posing as Army Captain near Peshawar Toll Plaza had beaten him and interfered with the state work.
The petition was filed a few days ago with full details. The petition lists the names of all those who were contacted and those who came in vehicles and the officers of the squad who reached the spot and tried to handle the situation.
No FIR has been registered so far, police said.
Elaborating on the incident, a security official told the BBC that the officers were returning to Peshawar after attending a wedding in Charsadda when the incident took place.
He said that after the challan, the money was being paid by the officer but the situation deteriorated due to the behaviour of the motorway police officer. He said the officer was accompanied by his family.
He said that there were four vehicles in total and it would be wrong to say that any vehicle was later sent exclusively to the spot.
According to the security forces official, the weapon was licensed in the officer’s vehicle.
A security official told the BBC that a settlement had been reached between the parties at the Chamkani police station following the incident.
Meanwhile, in a written request, the motorway police official wrote to the SHO of Chamkani police station that he was on duty near Peshawar Toll Plaza on the motorway when a vehicle came and was challenged.
This was followed by a white car with a speed of 131 kmph and was described on a wireless set. The vehicle was stopped and its driver’s license was sought and the driver was informed of the violation of traffic rules and was told that he would have a challan.
The driver of the vehicle stated that he was a captain in the army. Information about this was obtained on the phone of the Military Police Headquarters in Peshawar, to which they replied that they would ‘tell later’. Then came a phone call stating that the captain was speaking and that he was coming to the scene.
The petition states that shortly after, some people came in two vehicles and started kicking and punching a motorway police officer and loading an SMG rifle and hitting the target. Arrived there and tried to handle the situation. The occupants of the vehicles are said to be from the Hayatabad area of Peshawar.
Officers arrested the men and searched the vehicles, which turned out to contain a variety of weapons, including pistols, rifles and Kalashnikovs.
The petition states that these individuals are involved in crimes such as interfering in government affairs, blocking important highways such as motorways, targeting police with rifles and making death threats. The petition further states that all these situations are preserved in the CCTV cameras installed on the motorway, therefore an FIR should be registered against these persons on this petition.
When the BBC contacted the Chakmani police station in Peshawar, they confirmed that such a request had been received but no FIR or action had been taken so far. Officials said talks were underway between the two sides and a solution was being worked out to resolve the issue.
When contacted by the motorway police official, he said that he could not talk to anyone, so the higher authorities should be contacted. A message has also been sent to the Inspector General of Motorway Police but no reply has been received so far.
There have been similar incidents at the motorway toll plaza before. In May last year, a speeding vehicle was signalled to stop by an officer, who crushed the officer, seriously injuring the motorway police officer, who later died at the hospital.
Efforts are being made to ensure strict enforcement of the Motorway Police Traffic Laws but in recent times the number of fines for speeding has been increasing.