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132 PTI and PAT workers released

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GUJRANWALA: 132 people, including several workers of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), have been released by police on Wednesday when family and civil society members staged a demonstration outside the office of the city police office.

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An allegation made by demonstrators saying that out of more than 300 people arrested from roads and houses, most were hit and misses and sent to jail after being declared workers of these political parties.

They demanded those detained be freed right away lest they should sit-in outside the office until their demands are fulfilled.

A number of lawyers also gathered there in support and raised slogans against the police and administration. Police took three lawyers into custody for prompting a mob but later released them on the request of their colleagues.

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Relief camps were placed outside the CPO office at the order of District Bar Association President Advocate Anwer Tufail Warraich to provide legal help to relatives of the detained people.

Jamaat-i-Islami also set up relief camp outside the DCO office in this regard.

More than 200 PTI and PAT activists were still in jail. Most of them were allegedly involved in assaulting police officials and injuring as many as 76 personnel during ‘long march’ while crossing the GT Road.

They were arrested under section 3 and 16 of the MPO by order of the district administration for a month and later their detentions were extended for another month.

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