WEB DESK – On March 18 one Dr Babar Ali was murdered by two unknown gunmen while he was on his way home and the district police now drawing conclusion that the assailants might had motives linked to the spate of polio-related killings in the country.
According to the details gathered by media watch, Dr Babar Ali was the deputy district health officer and the coordinator of anti-polio vaccination drive in Hassanabdal, Punjab.
Police record showed that Dr Babar was murdered on March 18 in Hassanabadl city of Attock district. Preliminary investigations by the police had yielded no results as family of the slain doctor denied holding any enmity which could lead to the unfortunate incident.
But when the circle of investigation expanded to other aspects, police learnt that on March 10 – exactly eight days before Dr Babar’s assassination – one Syed Tauseef Shah registered an FIR in Saddar Police Station as two unidentified gunmen harassed his anti-polio team. Shah was an in-charge of that team. According to that FIR, gunmen held the polio team and asked them to immediately stop the vaccination process otherwise they would face serious consequences. Due to the threat, the polio campaign was temporarily suspended.
Linking the incident of March 10 with Dr Babar’s murder, police now had strong reasons to believe that he might be killed due to his active role in anti-polio campaign.