Three policemen have been killed while several others injured in Lahore in clashes with rioters belonging to the banned Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP). Two policemen, identified as Ayub and Khalid, were crushed to death by vehicles of workers who were part of the banned outfit’s ongoing protest. The identity of the third slain cop could not be ascertained.
Punjab police department spokesperson has confirmed the deaths. TLP workers crashed two cars into the policemen who were trying to stop them, causing severe injuries to both. The wounded cops were taken to a nearby hospital where they succumbed to their injuries. A third policeman was martyred in a separate clash with the banned outfit’s workers.
The TLP began its long march to Islamabad from Lahore. The capital city’s authorities blocked roads ahead of the extremist group’s arrival in the city. Metro bus service in Rawalpindi was suspended in light of the planned long march.
There have been clashes between police and the protesting workers of the TLP as they march to Islamabad. The TLP had initially stated its chief Saad Rizvi’s release as the main purpose of the march, but has now said that it is being held in honour of the Holy Prophet (PBUH).