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Probe into attack on SC building launched

By Our Staff Report 2013-11-29
ISLAMABAD, Nov 28: The inquiry officer investigating into the attack on the Supreme Court (SC) has sought details of the police personnel performing anti-riot duties at the site, sources told Dawn on Thursday.

They said Additional Inspector General Sultan Azam Temuri has also asked for the record of wireless messages from the police control room to the police contingent.

Besides, he will testify the messages to ascertain who had ordered to fire tear gas shells, rubber bullets and baton charge to disperse the angry black coats, the sources said.

The inquiry officer also sought the Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras footage of the incident, they said.

Mr Temuri also asked officers of police and capital administration deployed at the site and lawyers to appear before him to record their statements, they added.

It may be mentioned here that the lawyers from five divisions Sargodha, Faisalabad, Sahiwal, Dera Ghazi Khan and Gujranwala assembled at the SC building on Tuesday to press their demand for establishment of benches of Lahore High Court (LHC) at their divisions.

During the demonstration, the lawyers entered the SC building after destroying the gate, door and window panes.

In addition, they damaged other objects present at the site.

The police, fearing that the lawyers might enter the courtroom, pushed them back which led to a scuffle.

The black coats pelted the police officials and Supreme Court building with stones. In response, the police resorted to baton charge in addition to tear gas shells and rubber bullets to disperse them.

In the incident, a number of lawyers and 25 policemen were injured including Deputy Superintendent Police Zubair Shaikh, the station house officer of the Secretariat police and Assistant Commissioner City Mohammad Ali.