Rawalpindi: Prisoner found dead on day of release
RAWALPINDI: A prisoner was found dead at Adiala Jail on Saturday, when he was set to be released on bail. The aggrieved family could not get the body or a death certificate after passage of 12 hours, Daily Times has learnt.
Muhammad Idrees, 29, was arrested by Kohata police for possessing illegal weapons on March 15, 2007. Later he was sent to jail and his case was put before Additional Sessions Judge Rana Muhammad Ali.
“The court granted his bail on Friday,” Adrees’s brother Akhtar Hussain told Daily Times. He said Idrees was to be released on Saturday. The same day, he said Jail Superintendent Tariq Babar told his family on telephone that the “prisoner” had died in hospital and the family should collect his body.
Hussain said the jail authorities had not handed the body over to his heirs after 12 hours. The jail officials, he said, had not given the family even a death certificate of Idrees.
He said the body had been shifted to District Headquarters Hospital (DHQ) where Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Ilyas denied permission to give the body to the bereaved family unless the jail authorities furnished a death certificate.
He said the hospital officials told the family that Idrees died in jail while the jail superintendent had stated that he died in hospital.
He said Idrees was ill on Friday, when he was produced in court. He claimed the judge had ordered the jail officials to take care of his brother in jail, but they ignored the court order.
He claimed the jail officials had rejected his request to shift Idrees to the DHQ for medical treatment. He demanded that the government take notice of the situation and punish the jail officials.
Dr Ilyas told Daily Times that the DHQ did not have any authority to conduct autopsy or to hand over the body to an aggrieved family without provision of a death certificate.
He said it was too early to say that the prisoner had died of torture. Had the jail authorities furnished a death certificate, the hospital administration would have given the body to the family, he said.
Tariq Babar said the aggrieved family had to request a judicial magistrate for death certificate. He said the prisoner had died a natural death.
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