LAHORE – Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) Employees Union Punjab (CBA) has demanded of the Lahore High Court chief justice to take action against the land mafia involved in grabbing agricultural land owned by APP Managing Director Rao Tehsin Ali Khan in Deepalpur, district Okara.

In an application submitted to the chef justice on Friday, the APP Employees Union President Muhammad Naeem Khan Niazi requested the chief justice to order action against 20-land grabbers including Mumtaz Chachar and Chaudhry Iqbal for barging into the property, subjecting four inmates to harassment before ejecting them and occupying 15-acres agriculture land situated on the Deepalpur Bypass, District Okara in the wee hours of Wednesday night.

The applicants have also pointed out the lethargic attitude of the local police and the area SHO Malik Nawab Dogar for their refusal to initiate action against the land grabbers and lodging an FIR against them.

Praying to the chief justice to take suo moto, the applicants maintained: “Such incident raises the question if a high-profile government official and a head of national news agency is not safe from the coercion and highhandedness of land mafia, what would be the plight of a common man?”

The journalist representatives said the office of the chief justice remained the only hope of justice for the aggrieved and a potent force to quell the serpent of land mafia and their patrons. The APP Punjab union delegation will also call on the chief justice today (Saturday).

As per details, no less than 20 armed men forcibly occupied 15-acres of agricultural land owned by Rao Tehseen Ali Khan and took hostage four of his workers. The men equipped with sophisticated weapons and led by Mumtaz Chachar and Chaudhry Iqbal, barged into the managing director’s agricultural land situated at Deepalpur Bypass, Okara. They opened fire and took hostage four of the workers present there.

The attackers also deprived these men of their valuables. The matter was reported to the local police but no action has yet been taken.

The Punjab CM has also been appealed to take notice of the deteriorating law and order situation in Okara and take stern action against this land mafia to protect life and property of the citizens. The journalist community has also appealed to Chief Justice to take suo motu notice of this criminal incident and take strict action against the culprits.