Section-144 imposed in Swat in wake of attack on polio team


Staff Reporter


The Administration Friday imposed Section-144 in Swabi in the wake of attack on polio vaccination team after which pillion riding has been banned in the district.
According to a notification issued from the deputy commissioner’s office, Section-144 has been imposed in the district due to security concerns during the ongoing vaccination campaign.
A police spokesman said the district police officer has strictly directed to make sure that the ban on pillion riding and display of arms is implemented strictly. Those violating the rule will face strict action. Police has appealed to the people of the district to cooperate for ensuing law and order.
On Wednesday, two women polio workers, it may be recalled ,were killed in firing by unidentified armed men in Swabi. Polio vaccination campaign was temporarily suspended in the area after the attack.
However, on Thursday, the campaign was restored with enhanced security for the vaccinators. The campaign was also affected as some of the polio workers were reluctant to go for duty owing to security concerns. They were demanding adequate security measures for the vaccinators during the campaign to save them from attacks.
Deputy Commissioner Shahid Mehmood held consultations with the police and health officials and formed a new strategy to continue the vaccination campaign. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Inspector General Police Sanaullah Abbasi was also given a briefing about the security of the campaigners, normal, sensitive and most sensitive regions in the district and the previous operations conducted against terrorists in the Razaar tehsil of Swabi where the attack on polio team happened on Wednesday.
Security measures for vaccinators in other parts of KP were also increased after the Swabi incident.
In the meanwhile, the provincial government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has formed a three-member committee to investigate the murder of two women polio workers.