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116 Pakistan policemen suspended over 2014 firing incident

Authorities in Pakistan’s Punjab province have suspended at least 116 police officials, including top officers, in connection with the killing of demonstrators during a public protest here in 2014, according to a media report.

The incident occurred in 2014 at Model Town area of Lahore where at least 14 people were killed and 100 others injured when the police opened fire to disperse protesting Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) workers during an anti-encroachment operation outside the residence of Canadian-Pakistani cleric Tahirul Qadri.

The newly appointed Inspector-General of Police, Amjad Javed Saleemi in Punjab province, this week removed 116 police officers, including Deputy Superintendents of Police, inspectors and the investigation officer from their posts in connection with the killing of 14 people, the News International reported.

The officials who were removed have been directed to report to the Police Lines in Lahore for further orders.

As part of the investigation into the killings, four Superintendents of Police and other senior officials were already transferred.

Since then, PAT chief Qadri has been demanding justice in the case and suspension of all the accused policemen to ensure free and fair investigation.

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