234 booked for attack on PML-Q leader.

GUJRAT -- Police booked at least 234 people mainly belonging to different factions of the Kotla group of PML-N MNA Abid Raza and his elder brother Naeem Raza for attacking PML Q's Chaudhry Musa Elahi at the Kotla Civil Hospital in Kharian area on Monday.

The case has been lodged under sections of the Pakistan Penal Code and section 16 of Maintenance of Public Order 1960 on the report of Kakrali Police Station SHO Tanveer Abbas Bhatti.

Former PML-N MPA Shabbir Kotla also lodged an application with the Kakrali Police Station for registration of a case against Musa Elahi and his supporters allegedly for firing at a large number of people gathered in front of the Kotla Civil Hospital to lodge protest against, what he termed, the illegal act of changing the name of Kotla Civil Hospital and inauguration of an unapproved upgrade of the hospital.

However, police said the case had been registered after initial investigation into the case.

34 nominated in case; attack occurred at inauguration of hospital project

Thirty-four people, including personal secretary of MNA Abid Raza, close associates of Naeem Raza and Shahid Raza, a former Nazim of Kotla Union Council, have been nominated in the case whereas around 200 suspects are unidentified. Thirty suspects nominated in the case obtained their bail before arrest on Tuesday from the court of Kharian Additional District and Sessions Judge Ameer Mukhtar Gondal until Jan 25.

Police said no arrest could be made; however, empties of firearm shots have been collected from the crime scene. The protesting groups had objection to renaming the hospital as Zahoor Elahi Shaheed Tehsil Headquarters Hospital after its upgrade and Musa Elahi inaugurated the project after which the protesters pelted him and others in the ceremony with stones to register their protest followed by alleged aerial firing by the security guards of Elahi to disperse the protesters.

All this happened in the presence of a large number of personnel from Kharian police.

Interestingly, the Kotla brothers who were divided into three different groups for the last 15 years got united on the issue of changing the name of the hospital...

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