Prisoners’ bid to escape foiled

Published February 15, 2002

RAWALPINDI, Feb 14: Police foiled an escape bid of 36 hand- cuffed prisoners of Adiala Jail on Thursday.

A spokesman for the police said the prisoners were being driven from the jail to the district courts when the van (RIR- 2414) arrived at a police picket at Adiala Road, some of the prisoners sprinkled red chilly powder into the eyes of the policemen, snatched their rifles and tried to break open the locks of the van.

However, they were overpowered by the policemen, the spokesman said.

An FIR has been registered at the Civil Lines Police Station against the prisoners, the spokesman said.

DEMO: More than 250 shopkeepers of Rabi Centre blocked the traffic on Murree Road to protest against prolonged laodshedding, witnesses and police said.

The demonstrators set tyres on fire to highlight what they called an unjustifiable action of Wapda.

The protesters said the power supply to the centre had been cut for the last two days despite the fact that they had paid their electricity bills and other dues.

The shopkeepers demanded immediate restoration of power supply.

However, the demonstrators dispersed soon after the arrival of police.

“A case will be registered against the protesters who have violated the law by blocking the road,” the DSP of New Town Circle told Dawn.

However, no arrest had been made in this connection till the filing of this report.

Opinion

Budgeting without people

Budgeting without people

Even though the economy is a critical issue, discussions about it involve a select few who are not really interested in communicating with the people.

Editorial

Iranian tragedy
Updated 21 May, 2024

Iranian tragedy

Due to Iran’s regional and geopolitical influence, the world will be watching the power transition carefully.
Circular debt woes
21 May, 2024

Circular debt woes

THE alleged corruption and ineptitude of the country’s power bureaucracy is proving very costly. New official data...
Reproductive health
21 May, 2024

Reproductive health

IT is naïve to imagine that reproductive healthcare counts in Pakistan, where women from low-income groups and ...
Wheat price crash
Updated 20 May, 2024

Wheat price crash

What the government has done to Punjab’s smallholder wheat growers by staying out of the market amid crashing prices is deplorable.
Afghan corruption
20 May, 2024

Afghan corruption

AMONGST the reasons that the Afghan Taliban marched into Kabul in August 2021 without any resistance to speak of ...
Volleyball triumph
20 May, 2024

Volleyball triumph

IN the last week, while Pakistan’s cricket team savoured a come-from-behind T20 series victory against Ireland,...