HARIPUR: Regional police officer, Hazara, Qazi Jamilur Rehman has asked all district police officers in the division to launch a special campaign against overloading of public transport vehicles especially those providing pick and drop service to schoolchildren.

The RPO took notice of the road accident that claimed the lives of three schoolchildren when a tractor-trolley the students were travelling in fell into a gorge in Beer area the other day.

Talking to mediapersons during a visit to Haripur on Tuesday, he said that complaints were common that the drivers of public transport buses and vans had been loading their vehicles especially school vans beyond their seating capacity. He said students were being exposed to danger by allowing them by drivers to cling to vans and ride on their rooftops.

He said that through a special campaign the traffic police should impound all public transport vehicles carrying schoolchildren and other passengers beyond capacity.

He asked the educational institutions to monitor the process of pick and drop of students near their premises.

DEATH PENALTY: The court of additional sessions judge-I, Haripur, Arbab Sohail Hameed has awarded death penalty to a man for murder of his maternal uncle in the limits of Kotnajibullah police station.

According to Babar Riaz advocate, the counsel for complainant party, Zahir Shah of Bhugniyan village was shot dead in 2018 and the family accused his nephew (sister’s son) Mohammad Yousuf of the murder as he had allegedly illicit relations with wife of Zahir.

The police arrested Yousuf and Zahir’s wife and after arguments from both sides the court convicted Mohammad Yousuf and awarded him death penalty while the woman was acquitted as the prosecution failed to prove her role in her husband’s murder.

Published in Dawn, September 30th, 2020