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Lahore’s oldest police station is now a national heritage site

It is more than 158 years old

SAMAA | - Posted: Apr 12, 2019 | Last Updated: 2 years ago
Posted: Apr 12, 2019 | Last Updated: 2 years ago

Lahore's oldest police station has been preserved as a national heritage site after it was restored to its original state.

It is more than 158 years old.

After the 1857 independence war, the East India Company handed over the control of administrative affairs to the British government. This is when the police station was built.

The red-brick Kotwali building was given the status of a police station in 1861. It is known as Old Anarkali today.

The building was reinstated in its real form after a long time. Its corridors, ventilators and windows will take you the olden days.

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The case against Bhagat Singh, who killed an Englishman, was lodged in this police station in the Biritish era, sub-inspector Ehsan told SAMAA TV. Ghazi Ilmuddin Shaheed was also kept in a lockup here, he said.

The building is an old asset, he added.

The red walls of this fort-like building don the white light as the sun sets every evening.

It is one of the oldest buildings of Lahore, said another policeman. It is our iconic asset, he said, adding that they will try to keep this historical asset clean.

The Walled City Authority has helped the police department in restoration work.

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