LAHORE: In an incident of its own kind, blind protesters were badly beaten by baton-wielding police in Lahore on Wednesday.
The incident occurred when protesters were staging a rally on Davis Road to advocate for their rights in view of World Disability Day.
In an attempt to prevent the protesters from marching towards the Chief Minister Secretariat, mayhem ensued as police resorted to baton-charging as a result of which several protesters were injured. One of the injured persons was shifted to a hospital.
The protest rally, demanding employment quota for disabled and blind persons, was stopped from heading to the Chief Minister House.
Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif has taken serious notice of the incident andasked the Inspector General to submit a report.
Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) member Abrarul Haq said the violence inflicted on blind protesters was condemnable, adding that his party would come out on the roads in protest against the violence.
Meanwhile, DIG Operations, suspended five police officials over issue of baton charge on blind protestors in Lahore on Wednesday.
The DIG Operations taking notice of the incident suspended SHOs Ansar, Siddique, Constables Mustafa, Ayub and Siddique.
An investigation committee headed by SP Headquarters, Umer Saeed has also been constituted to probe into the incident. INP
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