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Islamabad police baton charge, tear gas missing persons protest

Pakistan on 29 April 2014
Location : Islamabad, Pakistan | Source : Geo.tv; image source: Geo.tv

Police in the federal capital resorted to baton-charge and tear gas shelling on protestors staging a demonstration over the missing persons issue.

Police detained several protestors including Defence of Human Rights Pakistan Chairperson, Amina Masood Janjua and tried to stop the media from covering the event.

The police manhandled Amina Janjua and took her into custody during the protest which was being held at D-Chowk in Islamabad.

Footage broadcast on Geo News showed Islamabad women police personnel punching Amna Masood Janjua several times and dragging her to the police vehicle.

The demonstrators including women and children wanted to march towards the Parliament House, however, the police personnel jumped into action and stopped them at D-Chowk.

Meanwhile, Islamabad Police Assistant Inspector General (AIG) Sultan Azam Taimuri said that there is a restriction to hold procession in the red zone of the federal capital.

Talking to Geo news, the AIG said that the heirs of missing persons attempted to cross red zone due to which they were stopped.

Taimuri further said that red zone of Islamabad is a high security zone and no one could be allowed to stage protest in the limits of red zone.

He said that few protestors have been arrested for entering the red zone while cases are also being registered against them.

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