Pattoki: Police arrest 13 suspects for alleged murder of rice cracker seller at wedding

Mar 22, 2022: Punjab police on Tuesday arrested 13 suspects in connection with the alleged murder of a papad (rice cracker) seller during a wedding in Pattoki.

According to the First Information Report (FIR) of the incident, rice cracker seller Muhammad Ashraf in Pattoki got into an argument with the guests at the wedding party after which he was beaten and dragged inside the wedding hall.

The incident came to light when footage allegedly showed Ashraf’s body near a seemingly insensitive crowd eating at a wedding, went viral on social media and sparked public outrage at the rudeness at the show.

Punjab Inspector General of Police Rao Sardar Ali Khan took notice of the incident and directed Kasur District Police Officer (DPO) Sohaib Ashraf to immediately arrest the culprits.

The DPO said the police had raided places at Kanganpur, Pattoki and Sarai Mughal last night and arrested 12 suspects.

DPO Ashraf added the Punjab Forensic Science Agency had collected evidence from the scene and the “real facts” would emerge after the final report.

A spokesperson for the Punjab police, Osama Mehmood, said Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar and the IGP had taken notice of the incident at night.

An FIR was registered at Pattoki police station by the deceased’s brother-in-law, Parvez, on Monday under section 147 (punishment for rioting), section 149 (every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object) and 302 (premeditated murder) of the Pakistan Penal Code.

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