Toba Tek Singh: Hundreds of men, women, and children halted traffic on the Faisalabad-Multan Road at Pirmahal near the railway level crossing on Monday, claiming that their homes were being demolished.

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According to reports, the protestors set fire to trees and shrubs around the route, causing traffic congestion. The protestors informed the media that they had been living in buildings built on state property that had been empty outside Basti Khan Jawan for several years.

They said their homes were demolished by a revenue department crew commanded by assistant commissioner Rana Ghulam Murtaza, and that a 13-year-old girl was wounded when a wall collapsed on her. The charpoy was also placed on the road where the girl was laying. Later, a police squad managed to disperse the gathering by telling them that their problem would be reported to higher authorities.

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The protestors’ assertion that the wall fell on a girl was disputed by Ahe AC. He said that the protestors informed him the girl was critically unwell, but that when he phoned Rescue 1122, they refused to take her to the hospital.

He said that a four-acre plot of land [worth millions of rupees] that had been granted for a sports ground had been seized by the “land mafia” and had been reclaimed.

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