Sindh Inspector General of Police Raffat Raja on Tuesday took notice of cricketer Sohaib Maqsood’s claims of police demanding a bribe from him.
In a social media post a day earlier, Maqsood shared details of the incident.
He alleged that police demanded money in order to permit his vehicle to travel on a highway near Sakrand.
The Sindh police spokesperson quoted the IG as directing Shaheed Benazirabad Police to hold an immediate inquiry into the matter.
“Strict action must be taken against personnel involved in the incident,” the IG said.
In the latest development, four policemen are reported to have been arrested following cricketer Sohaib Maqsood’s claims against Sindh police of extortion.
DIG Shaheed Benizarabad District Pervaiz Chandio confirmed the development to Dawn.com.
In a series of posts on X-Platform, Madsood said, “We are so lucky that we live In Punjab not in Sindh first time in my life I am travelling from Karachi to Multan by Road and Sindh police is so corrupt that they stop you after 50 km and ask for money or they threat you to go to the police station for no reason if you give them money then they will stop you again after 50 km and ask for money again.”
“Corruption at its peak in Sindh police. We told them that we are international cricketers travelling to Multan after our match in Karachi they still took 8000 thousand rupees and then let us go it will,” he added.
money then they will stop you again after 50 km and ask for money again corruption at it’s peak in sindh police 🙏🏻— Sohaib Maqsood (@sohaibcricketer) November 27, 2023
We told them that we are international cricketers travelling to multan after our match in Karachi they still took 8000 thousand rupees and then let us go it will
Later while talking to Geo News, Maqsood said that the incident took place on an isolated road near Sakrand.
Maqsood explained that after his team’s last match in the National T20 Cup in Karachi on Monday, as they did not qualify for the next round, he left Karachi with Aamir Yamin.
“I was travelling in a vehicle, and Yamin was with me at around midnight. We passed the toll plaza in Sindh, and after two kilometres, a pair of policemen at a lonely spot near Sakrand stopped us, asking for vehicle documents,” Maqsood told Geo News.
He added that the officers then inquired about his use of high-beam lights, warning a potential fine of Rs 100,000.
“I informed him that checking papers was not within their jurisdiction, and if traffic police were to stop us, they would typically impose a fine of up to Rs2,500.”
“He then threatened to take us to the police station, as we were travelling for the first time in Sindh, and after negotiation, we gave him Rs8,000,” Maqsood added. “This incident frightened us since it was nighttime and an isolated place.”
He went on to add that his vehicle was stopped by police again after 30-40km, but they did not comply.
“Instead, we stopped at a hotel in Sukkur, where we stayed overnight,” Maqsood said.
He mentioned that the police had intercepted him approximately 68km before Moro, where the incident unfolded.
“The police were rude, and when I requested to speak to one of their officers, their behaviour worsened.”
Talking about his social media post, he stated that the intention behind the tweet was to shed light on the challenges the public faced when law enforcement personnel treated even known individuals badly.