Denied leave, cop causes security scare

A police constable in Abbas Police Lines on Wednesday attempted to take hostage fellow constables by closing the main gate and threatening to commit suicide if he was not granted leave.

The constable was later identified as a PUBG video game player. According to reports, Farooq climbed the water tank with his weapon. He was apprehended but he refused to hand over the rifle and threatened to shoot his apprehenders. Fellow officers, however, disarmed him.

Talking to Minute Mirror, Farooq said that he had applied for leave, but his request was not being granted by his officers.

In this regard, SSP Ammara Athar said that Farooq was suffering from diabetes and depression and he played PUBG video game, which she believed was the cause of his act. She said that Farooq took a rifle from the court room and closed the main gate of the Abbas Police Lines at gunpoint, which spread fear and panic in the lines.

“His application is not pending. Earlier, he was given one month’s leave,” Ammara added. Talking to Minute Mirror, Punjab Police spokesperson said that Constable Farooq was taken down safely and department made him meet his family. He said Farooq had returned after completing 30 days leave last month. He has been sent to a hospital for a medical test.

According to his family, Farooq has been suffering from mental stress for some time and had been taking medication.

Duaa Mirza is a correspondent covering crime, social issues and law enforcement. She is the youngest crime reporter and the only woman who visits crime scenes on her motorbike. She tweets @DuaaMirza12.