LAHORE  - CIA has arrested 42 persons allegedly involved in Rawalpindi riots wherein about 10 people lost their lives and several others were injured, sources in CIA said on Sunday.

It is worth mentioning here that Punjab government has assigned the task of investigation into Rawalpindi incident to CIA and a competent officer was posted at Rawalpindi.  Though earlier he was deputed only for investigation purpose but other members of investigation team objected on his temporary posting due to which he was posted there.

A senior officer of the investigation team said:“We have arrested more than 40 people allegedly involved in the tragic incident and investigating them”.  He said that during investigations it was also unearthed that there was fault on the part of police and district administration also who let both the parties to challenge each other.  The officer said that investigators have seen video footage of the incident and declared one party guilty who assaulted other. In their findings investigators also found the police as poor performers. Investigation team members will brief senior bureaucrats on the incident about the progress.    

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif a few days back while chairing a high-level meeting on law and order at the Prime Minister House directed police authorities to carry out a fair and impartial investigation into the sectarian clashes. Taking strong exception over the role of the police in the Rawalpindi incident, the Prime Minister said the police should have taken preemptive steps to avert the incident.

Sources disclosed that Inspector General of Police (IGP) Punjab Khan Baig gave a detailed briefing over the incident to the Prime Minister and admitted failure of the local police authorities.

The Prime Minister expressed displeasure over the inaction and laxity of the police authorities. “Law-enforcement authorities must not show any laxity in dealing with such incidents. “

According to sources, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Interior Talha Mahmood will summon officers of Punjab police and other witnesses who were present at the time of the incident.

When contacted SP CIA Umar Virk was not available for comments over the issue.His cell number was attended by his operator who said SP was not available.