ATC remands Sehwan's journalist for beating policeman at Lal Shahbaz Qalandar's shrine

A Hyderabad Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Tuesday remanded a journalist into judicial custody for 14 days after he, along with his 14 accomplices, was booked by Sehwan police under terrorism charges on Monday night.

Sehwan police booked Yasin Rind, the president of Sehwan's press club, in a first investigation report (FIR) after he and his accomplices reportedly beat a policeman at Lal Shahbaz Qalandar's shrine for asking Yasin's cousin to exit the portion of the shrine's dhamal yard allocated for women.

Chanesar Rind, Rashid Rind, Wajid Rind, Aijaz Rind, Soof Kalhoro, Saddar Machhi and eight unidentified men have also been booked in the case on similar charges.

According to the police, the FIR lodged against Yasin and his accomplices was under Sections 186, 324, 147, 148, 159, 353, 506/2 and 6/7 of Anti Terrorism Act 1997 on the complaint of Inspector Nisar Sahito, in charge of security at the shrine.

Senior Superintendent of Police Jamshoro Irfan Bahadur told Dawn that Aijaz Rind and his accomplices were advised by Zamir Panhwar, a constable of special branch, to exit female section of the dhamal court of the shrine which led to an altercation between them.

According to the police, once Aijaz and his accomplices were removed from the premises, he called Yasin and returned to the shrine to find Panhwar.

Once the men found the police officer in the command and control room of shrine set up near shrine’s Golden Gate, Aijaz and his associates beat him up, the police said adding that CCTV footage of the fight confirms Yasin's presence in the yard.

Yasin's relatives, however, claim that he had rushed to the control room to bring the situation under control.

As a result of the altercation, Panhwar was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

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