PESHAWAR: At least 80 were arrested on Wednesday in Dera Ismail Khan while the District Police Officer (DPO) transferred after a mob, belonging to Ahmadzai Wazir tribe, set ablaze offices of Aman Lashkar.
According to Commissioner DI Khan Abdul Ghafoor Baig, angry mob of the Wazir tribe set offices of the group and two cars in Madina Colony on fire to protest the alleged murder of a young man by a member of Aman Lashkar.
Family of the deceased, Idrees, claimed his car had crashed into the accused’s vehicle resulting in a heated-argument between the two parties. Later a member of Aman Lashkar opened fire on Idrees and his family – killing the young man and injuring his brother.
Following the incident, Wazir and other tribes of South Waziristan demanded immediate arrest of the suspect, threatening to stage a protest.
A statement from the office of DI Khan Deputy Inspector-General Police Syed Fida Hussain said the suspect had surrendered himself as the police were in search of two other suspects involved in the murder.
He added that the individuals who were part of the mob that burned down properties will also be prosecuted according to the law.
The statement also said that the individuals, who reacted in the aftermath of the murder, by burning down properties, shall also be dealt with harshly and according to the law.
by Reporter GH Published by:Shiite News
Reacting to the killing of a youth from South Waziristan Agency, enraged mob stormed the offices of Deobandi terrorist group and set on fire two compounds and vehicles in Dera Ismail Khan on Tuesday, sources said.
Family members of the deceased, Idrees Wazir, alleged that he had quarrelled with a Deobandi militant commander belonging to Mehsud tribe after a road accident in the city two days ago.
They said that both sides agreed to a patch up following the accident. They said that Deobandi militants, who had offices in the main city, killed Idrees on February 4. Following the killing of Idrees, the tribesmen of Ahmadzai Wazir residing in Tank and Dera Ismail Khan held a protest and set up a camp.
Their fellow tribesmen from Wana, the administrative headquarters of South Waziristan Agency, also rushed to Dera Ismail Khan and joined the protest. The killing of Idrees sparked anger among his fellow tribesmen in Wana and other parts of South Waziristan Agency.
Sources said that the angry tribesmen blocked the Bannu Road to every kind of traffic. They said that the ‘pro-government peace committee members’ opened fire on an inn, owned by a local businessman Ghazi Khan, that killed Idrees Wazir.
Police say action will be taken against them for taking law into hands
Sources said that following the murder, Wazir tribesmen took the body of Idrees to GPO Chowk and staged protest. However, they dispersed peacefully after the authorities assured them of action.
On Tuesday, the tribesmen again took to the streets and attacked the compounds of the so-called peace committee in Madina Colony. Unruly mob torched two compounds and two vehicles on the occasion.
Separately, police in a statement said that a group resorted to firing after a spat between youths in the Sheikh Yousaf Adda area of the district on February 4. The statement said that the firing left one youth dead while another was injured.
It said that local police immediately registered FIR of the incident on Tuesday morning and arrested the main suspect, Sher Khan Mehsud, while they were striving to arrest the other suspect.
The statement said that on Tuesday afternoon, the complainant party attacked the property of their rivals and took law into their hands. “We are taking action against those, who took law in their own hands,” it added.
The video and footages of the incident went viral on the social media that showed that a mob chanting slogans against the militant group was torching properties. The tribesmen were seen hurling stones at the burning vehicles outside the compound.
About a year ago, it was reported that the Deobandi militants had opened offices in Dera Ismail Khan and Tank districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Militant groups in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Fata have changed their modus operandi to initiate their activities in the name of peace committees.