Eight killed in police action at Minhajul Quran secretariat in Lahore
LAHORE: At least eight people have been killed and 80 including a policeman injured during clashes between protestors and police outside the Minhajul Quran Secretariat.
Clashes which began early Tuesday morning intensified during the day.
In the early hours of Tuesday, Minhajul Quran workers pelted police with stones and chanted slogans against the government as law enforces tried to remove blockades placed outside the secretariat of the organization and residence of Dr Tahirul Qadri.
Heavy contingent of police baton charged the protesters and resorted to aerial firing and tear gas to disperse the angry workers.
The police said that the hurdles were being removed as people were facing difficulties in their movements.
According to CCPO Lahore, police acted in self-defence and weapons were recovered from the secretariat.
A spokesman for the Minhajul Quran said that the organization had sought the Lahore High Court orders to close the roads near the secretariat.
Denouncing the police action, Dr Tahirul Qadri said that the government could not stop the revolution through vendetta in the darkness of the night.
Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said Tahriul Qadri had deployed a private militia at his residence and created no-go areas. He added this would not be allowed.
Sanaullah added that a case had been launched and a judicial inquiry of the incident would be conducted.