KHANEWAL

A hoax message by a bus passenger to his sister that the bus has been hijacked caused high alert in the Punjab.

Tanveer of Mughal bazaar Mian Channu was travelling to Mian Channu from Fasialabad in a private coach (1166-LES) running from Faisalabad to Multan. When the bus carrying about 30 passengers on board reached near Chichawatni, he sent an SMS to his sister that some armed men were forcing the bus to Dera Ghazi Khan. His family informed the police and the media about the message about hijacking of the bus. When this news was telecasted by electronic media, serious notice was taken by the Punjab chief minister, IG Punjab, IG NH & MW police, the roads and area around Khanewal were blocked.

Security departments were also put on high alert. Police officials had also confirmed the report of hijacking initially and it was stated that the bus was being directed towards Dera Ghazi Khan. Responding to the false alarm, the law enforcement agencies spun into action and immediately dispatched search parties. Eventually, the bus and the passengers were found safe and sound near a small town Katch khu between Multan and Khanewal.

At a police check post situated Hussaini chowk Katch Khu, the bus was stopped by the Khanewal police. Gulzar, the driver, denied any attempt of bus hijacking, police interrogated about Tanveer and arrested him from the bus. DPO Jahanzaib Nazir, DSP Kabirwala Muhammad Ashraf, DSP Mian Mian Chanu Tahir Majeed and SHO Kohan , Noor Khan said that police had recovered Rs739,000 and prize bonds from Tanveer. Later, was handed over to the Faisalabad police for further investigation.

Tehsil Bar Association Secretary General Main Channo Rana Abdul Rehman confirmed that Muhammad Tanveer is working lawyer and member of Tehsil Bar Association. He further added that he is not in the position to clarify the position of Tanveer.