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RCB enforcement cell staff allegedly torture poor balloon seller in Saddar

Rawalpindi-The staff of enforcement cell of Rawalpindi Cantonment Board (RCB) allegedly placed a poor balloon seller under severe torture on Bank Road Saddar apparently for not paying Rs 300 as bribe to get permission for selling his stuff in cantonment limit, informed sources on Wednesday.

The victim has been identified as Mureed Hussain, they said.

RCB spokesman claimed beggars and other vendors scuffled with enforcement cell staff during an anti-encroachment operation leaving four staffers injured against which RCB approached police for legal action. 

Meanwhile, City Police Officer (CPO) Muhammad Ahsan Younas also took notice of the incident and ordered Cantt police to probe the matter on merit.

According to sources, a large number of staffers of Enforcement Cell of RCB, headed by Raja Nadim, caught a poor balloon seller namely Mureed Hussain on Tuesday night as he refused to pay Rs 300 bribe to them. 

The staff beat Mureed black and blue with kicks, punches leaving him critically injured. After this, the RCB staff managed to escape from the scene. 

Mureed Hussain later visited police, however, police did not entertain him.

An interview of the victim went viral on social media in which he claimed he was beaten by the staff of RCB for not paying Rs 300 extortion. 

He alleged RCB staff forced the vendors and hand push-cart owners to grease their palm on daily basis.

Qaiser Mehmood, the Secretary and Spokesman of RCB, when contacted, said anti-encroachment team of RCB, headed by lnspector Raja Nadim, launched an operation against beggars and other vendors. Some beggars and vendors including Mureed and Kala started pelting stones on RCB employees, forcing them to run away from the scene. 

Angry attackers also injured two staffers of RCB namely Sarfraz and Muhammad Junaid.

A complaint has also been lodged by the Inspector Raja Nadim with Police Station (PS) Cantt for legal action against the accused, he said.

He said RCB high ups also held internal inquiry into the incident and action would be taken against guilty persons.

A spokesman to SSP Potohar Division told The Nation that police accepted application from Mureed Hussain and further investigation was underway. 

Meanwhile, CPO Muhammad Ahsan Younas has taken notice of torture on a poor vendor by RCB staff and directed Cantt police to accept complaint from victim besides shifting him to hospital for conducting medico-legal report. 

“The case will be resolved on merit and strict action will be taken against accused,” said a police spokesman. 

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