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A police official in Bahawalpur was suspended following a protest by members of the transgender community against alleged harassment and intimidation by members of law enforcement on Wednesday.

The protesters alleged that police in Ahmadpur Sharqia intimidate and threaten members of the transgender community who perform at wedding events.

The police were accused of threatening to register false cases against members of the transgender community, and of arresting them if they did not submit to their threats.

The protesters also alleged that members of the police force mistreated them in public, and appealed to the regional police officer and district police officer (DPO) for help.

Consequently, DPO Dr Akhtar Abbas suspended Sub-Inspector Raees Ahmed for irresponsible behaviour and promised protection to the transgender community.

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