LAHORE: In a brutal incident, a local politician was burnt alive by unknown men at his house in the Chhanga Manga area of Kasur district on Sunday.
Unknown men overpowered Rana Shaukat, President of Chhanga Manga chapter of the PML-N, tied him to his cot and set him on fire, police and relatives said.
Rana Wajid Ali, nephew of the deceased, said that his party affiliation could be linked to his death as he had struggled much in taking a lot of people to the PML-N rally in Lahore.
Wajid Ali, ex-city nazim, said the deceased also had gunmen but they were in the other room and could not know about the incident.
He said they knew about the tragic episode as they reached the outhouse and found smoke emitting from the room where Shaukat used to sleep. He said as they opened the door, they found him charred beyond recognition.
He said initially they thought he was burnt accidentally but upon noticing that his hands and feet were tied with the cot they deduced that he had been set on fire.
Changa Manga police station duty officer Nadeem told this correspondent that on complaint of Shafqat Ali, son of the deceased, they have registered an FIR against unknown assailants.
According to the complainant, the PML-N leader was first rendered unconscious and then set on fire. He said that the bereaved family has not yet nominated anyone as accused in the case.
He said the outhouse was a big place where three people were also sleeping in the other room. He said that no one from the other room claimed to have heard any noise.
Wajid said that his uncle had old affiliation with the PML-N. He was also president of PML-N in Tehsil Chunian.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 31st, 2011.