LAHORE: Police are facing severe criticism for failure in controlling frequent accidents taking place due to reckless driving, particularly in the posh area of the DHA.

The death of a student of LUMS, Abdul Hadi, and injuries to his brother, Abdullah Khan, brought the matter to the limelight once again when a reckless driver hit their motorcycle.

A video clip of the incident showed about 18-year-old driver, driving his car rashly and hitting the brothers. He hit the bike from behind, leaving the Hadi and Abdullah injured critically. The driver fled the scene.

According to the first information report (FIR), registered with the Defence C Police Station, the 22-year-old Hadi and his 30-year-old brother Abdullah were going to Defence Raya from DHA Phase 7 on a motorcycle when the suspect hit them with his speeding sedan car.

The FIR added that the victims’ motorcycle was destroyed due on impact. Hadi succumbed to his injuries at the hospital while Abdullah was critically injured.

As the video clip went viral on social media, police faced under severe criticism due to the reckless and underage driving trend going unchecked in the upper class areas. The people took to social media to express their outrage, with many blaming the kids of upper class families of DHA who could get away scot-free because of their wealth.

According to the Cantt Division Investigation SP Bushra Nisar, the suspect was on the pre-arrest bail till June 14 after which he would be produced in the court.

In November 2023, an underage driver had killed six members of a family in the DHA as he rammed his speeding car into their vehicle.

Man kills stepson: A man brutally murdered his three-year-old stepson in Sabzazar area here on Tuesday.

The police inquiries suggested that the minor boy, Harishman, suffered multiple skull fractures when suspect Khabibur Rehman allegedly tortured him in the presence of his mother who later told the police that her husband used to beat him over petty issues.

A police official said the body of the minor boy was bearing multiple deep wounds and the skull fracture he suffered on Tuesday led to his death in the hospital where he was shifted in a critical condition.

Quoting the mother of the deceased boy, he said she had contracted second marriage with Khabibur Rehman. She had two minor children from her first husband.

She told the police that Khabib didn’t like her two children and used to torture them over petty domestic issues.

She added that her second husband was so sick that he used to bite the boy on his face, arms and other parts of the body.

The official said the police arrested the suspect and lodged a murder case against him after sending body of the kid to the city morgue for autopsy.

Published in Dawn, June 12th, 2024

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