Rawalpindi: Three police torture cases in 20 days
RAWALPINDI: Three cases of police torture have been reported over the last 20 days, Daily Times learnt on Saturday. Medical reports have clearly stated that wounds on torture victims Yasir Rasheed and Imran Qureshi were not self-inflicted. The claim of an official of the Crime Investigation Agency (CIA), Tahir Arif, that Ganjmandi police had beaten him up could not be verified by a medical board.
Rasheed stated in his application, submitted with court, that he was tortured in custody of Banni police on March 26. A medical board confirmed that the wounds on his body were not self-inflicted. The police then formed a committee, headed by Rawal Town Superintendent of Police (SP) Khuram Shahzad, to ascertain the facts. The committee has not put up its final report yet.
A medical report confirmed that Qureshi was tortured in Wairs Khan police custody on April 2. The victim nominated three constables – Shoaib Gulzar, Muhammad Jamil and Sajid Mehmood – in the first information report (FIR). Taking a strict action, City Police Officer (CPO) Saud Aziz suspended the three constables and ordered their arrest.
CIA official Arif filed an application with Additional District and Session Judge Shaukat Mehmood, claiming that Ganjmandi police took him in custody illegally and tortured him on March 15.
A medical board found no severe cuts on his body but he had prayed the court to punish Ganjmandi police officials for assaulting him while he was in police uniform.
Guilty not to be spared SP Khuram Shahzad told Daily Times that the police inquiry board had not spared any official if found guilty of torturing anyone. He said all police station house officers (SHOs) had been directed to create a friendly atmosphere in police stations.
He said accountability of the police was vital, adding suspension of the three constables for torturing Qureshi was no solution to the problem. He said troublesome police officials would be issued show-cause notices and the people should co-operate with law enforcers to bring a positive change in society.