Islamabad Police releases Indian High Commission staffers after hit-and-run incident

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ISLAMABAD: Two officials of the Indian High Commission, who were held over a hit-and-run incident in the federal capital, have been released due to their diplomatic status, Islamabad Police said in a statement issued late Monday.

Islamabad police said both Indian High Commission officials were released due to their diplomatic immunity and had been handed over in the presence of Pakistani ministry’s officials.

A case had earlier been filed against the two Indian officers for running over and critically injuring a man before allegedly trying to flee from the site of the accident. Both were taken into custody and a first information report (FIR) was registered against them in the Secretariat Police Station, with charges of negligence, reckless driving, and overspeeding.

The FIR stated that counterfeit currency worth Rs10,000 was also recovered from the Indian diplomats.

Earlier today, Islamabad Police had arrested the two Indian officials for attempting to flee after running over a man and critically injuring him. Eyewitnesses explained that a BMW vehicle hit a pedestrian who was walking on the Embassy Road at around 8am and attempted to flee.

The pedestrian was critically injured and shifted to a hospital for treatment. A huge crowd of people stopped the car and handed over the two men to Islamabad Police.

After they were arrested, police discovered that they were officials of the Indian High Commission.

Eyewitnesses said the car was being driven irresponsibly and had gotten out of control due to overspeeding. The victim was walking on the footpath at the road when he was run over by the car.

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