Lahore: Action ordered against SHO for torture of four people
LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Saturday directed the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP-operations) Lahore to take stern action against the station house officer (SHO) of the Factory Area police station for illegally detaining and torturing four people.
The court directed the SSP to have the victims medically examined, and that on the basis of the medical report, departmental and legal action should be taken against the perpetrator.
The court issued these directions while disposing of a habeas corpus petition filed by Joseph Frances, seeking the recovery of Asif Khan, Akbar Masih, Kashif Akbar and Faisal Javed.
Frances alleged that the SHO had arrested the victims without registering a case against them, and that they were also not produced before any court of law.
The court deputed a bailiff who recovered the detainees from the police station and produced them before a court. The bailiff also reported that there were marks of violence on the bodies of the detainees.
The victims told the court that they were arrested on March 23, 2008 and were kept in a police cell. They alleged that they had been subjected to physical torture by the SHO.
The SHO, who also appeared before the court, said that the detainees were required in a criminal case lodged against them under Sections 324, 353, and 186 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) at the Factory Area police station. He said that they had allegedly opened fire on a police team.
After recording the statements of the detainees and the SHO, the court observed, “as per the facts and circumstances and as per the report of the bailiff, no arrest was shown in the daily diary by the respondent. This fact alone negates the version of the respondent.”
The court granted protective bail to the recovered detainees when their counsel expressed apprehension that the police would re-arrest them.