LANDI KOTAL: Eleven khasadars staged a mini revolt against the deputy superintendent police of Landi Kotal by refusing to obey their transfer orders.

They said that the DSP could not order their transfer as he was junior to them.

Eight among the 11 transferred khasadars were identified as Saeed Zakhakhel, Gul Mat Shilmani, Hussain Ahmad, Qudrat Khan, Munsif Shinwari, Asghar Shinwari, Ayaz Shinwari and Naheed Shinwari, who were posted at different checkposts of Machni, Torkham, Enzari Kandaw, Torkham Bypass Road, Kabalo Maina and Degree College.

Eleven officials refuse to obey transfer order

Sources said that DSP Swalzar Khan recommended transfer of the 11 khasadars after the group held a meeting with Nawaz Khan, the DSP at Levis centre in Jamrud, and lodged a complaint with him against DSP Swalzar Khan for being unkind to them.

Sources said that the group had earlier conveyed its reservations to the police high-ups against Landi Kotal DSP for being junior to all of them and had in fact retired from service as khasadar prior to the erstwhile Fata was merged with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

They said that the 11 khasadars had been insisting on their rank to rank absorption into the police force besides demanding relieving all the retired khasadars from their present ranks.

Sources said that official record of the khasadar force still showed Swalzar Khan as constable while he was elevated to the post of DSP by superseding a number of serving senior officials.

They said that the transferred officials not only refused to obey the order but also declined to vacate their posts in favour of the new appointees, whom they believed were the favoured men of DSP Swalzar Khan.

DPO Mohammad Hussain, when contacted, said that he would check the matter and would take appropriate action.

Meanwhile, Adnan Khan, the father of three-year-old Bilal Khan, who died after falling into a well in August, accused police of refusing to register an FIR despite lapse of three months.

Addressing a press conference in Landi Kotal on Tuesday, Adnan Khan said that he believed that his son was murdered and then his dead body was thrown into the well but local police were not paying any heed to his repeated complaints.

He demanded of the DPO to constitute a team of police experts to investigate the alleged murder of his minor son.

Published in Dawn, October 16th, 2019