Rawalpindi: Man dies in police custody
RAWALPINDI: A man in police custody died in mysterious circumstances at Civil Lines Police Station on Tuesday. According to police sources, Sajid Saqib, aged 27, resident of Marir Hassan, was locked in for the night with two other accused, Sheharyar David and Munir Ahmad, but the next morning Saqib was found dead.
Sources said Saqib had been arrested on August 27, 2007 for alleged involvement in six cases of drug abuse and one of gambling. They said the accused had not been arraigned since his arrest due to negligence of the investigating officer (IO) in submitting his challan to the court.
They said the accused had been produced before Civil Judge Muhammad Iqbal Chadhar on Monday. However, the judge ordered the IO to file the challan in order to proceed with the case. The IO brought Saqib to the Civil Lines Police Station and locked him in for a night.
Station House Officer (SHO) Azhar Shah said that judicial magistrate Chaudhry Toufeeq had examined Saqib’s body and confirmed in the inquiry report that he was not tortured to death because there were no signs of torture on the body.
However, the magistrate ordered a police medical board to autopsy the body. Azhar Shah said the judicial magistrate had also recorded the statements of the other accused locked with the deceased.
Azhar said the accused had died a natural death and police and court would confirm it after the arrival of the autopsy report. He said the body would be handed over to the family after arrival of the autopsy report.
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