A citizen in Chitral on Wednesday set fire to himself in protest against alleged highhandedness of police. Local people said Hajibullah, a resident of Bakarabad, was very upset with the highhandedness of police. They said Hajibullah set fire to himself in Karoprasht Bazaar on Wednesday by sprinkling petrol on his body. The local people immediately threw water on Hajibullah to save his life. He was shifted to District Headquarters Hospital in critical condition.
Hajibullah told journalists at the hospital that someone stole an electricity metre and 80-yard wire from outside his house on 28 May and police accused him of the theft.
He said he is innocent, but police are regularly teasing him. He said police have not registered any case against him, but call him daily to police station and make him sit there the whole day. He alleged that police were teasing him on someone else’s behest.
Hajibullah, who is an auto mechanic, said he is known for earning Halal (legitimate) income for his children with his work, but the police have made his life miserable by regularly subjecting him to inhuman treatment. He said in the last he was left with no option, but to end his life.
The district police officer has taken notice of the issue and removed Chital City Police Station Sub-Inspector Haider Hassan from his post. He has also formed a committee comprising police officers and local notables which will file inquiry report about the incident within five days.