RAHIM YAR KHAN: The district police officer has suspended four police officials on charges of trafficking liquor in two different vehicles on Saturday night.

According to sources and video went viral on social media, four persons, in plainclothes, were transporting bags of locally made liquor, filled in plastic bottles, in UC Mari Allah Bachaya, some 14km from Khanpur on Saturday night.

When they reached near Basti Okharwand, a bundle of bottles fell from a car and a shopkeeper informed the neighbouring residents through cellphone who then stopped the cars. Upon which, the residents found bags of liquor in both cars and filmed the entire scene.

Later four persons including Shahbaz Mohandara, Mian Fida, Naseer Ahmed and Muhammad Haleem wore their police uniforms kept in the cars and threatened the residents of dire consequences. But in meanwhile the residents uploaded that footage on social media.

DPO Umar Farooq Salamat, after initial investigation, suspended the four employees. Interestingly ASI Shahbaz Mohandara was posted at City C Division RYK, Hawaldar Naseer Ahmed and constables – Mian Fida were serving in Police Lines while constable Muhammad Haleem was posted in CIA staff RYK. According to police record, these police officials have been suspended many times in the past on same charges.

When contacted District Police spokesperson Zeeshan Randhawa said that four policemen were suspended and two were charged sheet. “It will be investigated whether or not the policemen were carrying the liquor themselves or facilitating the vintners,” he added.