A traffic warden and a passer-by were shot dead after a routine traffic stop turned violent within the limits of Waris Khan police station in Rawalpindi on Tuesday.
According to the sources, traffic warden stopped a car just before iftar that was coming from the opposite direction on the road. When the driver was asked to show driving license an altercation started between them. In a fit of rage, the driver Raja Rudad opened fire at the traffic warden critically injuring him and a passerby. Even though Waris Khan police station is located at a short distance still police failed to reach the crime scene on time. The angry mob surrounded the driver and started to beat him up. However, the police arrived and arrested the accused and took him to safety away from the angry mob.
The traffic warden along with the passer-by was shifted to DHQ hospital in critical condition by locals but their lives couldn’t be saved. The bodies of the deceased have been sent for post-mortem and an inquiry has been initiated.
The deceased traffic warden has been identified as Shahid Sarwar and was a resident of Kallar Syedan in Rawalpindi. He had left for Dubai and lived there for two years but returned back and was reinstated in traffic police recently. He was known for being a dutiful officer and was fasting when the tragic incident happened. Has left behind a widow and two children.
The passerby has been identified as Nisar worked as a tailor in raja bazar and was the brother of a Shahid Sarwar’s fellow traffic warden Ikhlaq.
According to police sources a case had been registered against the accused under Sections 302 and 324 of the Pakistan Penal Code.