Rawalpindi: Seven cops held for torturing TV reporter
RAWALPINDI: Seven New Town Police Station policemen have been arrested for allegedly torturing a reporter from private television channel Geo English and attempting to illegally detain him on Monday. Reporter Syed Essa Hassan Naqvi told Daily Times the men allegedly tried to detain him as he left a snooker club in Commercial Market, and that when he told the policemen he was a reporter they attacked him, leaving him with a bloody nose. Naqvi said the police officials then took his mobile phone while he was trying to call government officials to report the incident, and subsequently detained him.
Police sources told Daily Times that Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Imran and police constables Yasir Mehmaud, Rashid, Salahuddin, Adnan, Abdul Ghafar and Kaleem had been arrested and the alleged incident was being investigated.
The men in question have been suspended and a first information report (FIR) has been lodged against them by the city police officer and deputy superintendent of New Town Police Station. Investigation Officer (IO) Muhammad Ajmal has ruled out possibility of police torture and termed the incident a ‘scuffle’, but said that the police were still investigating the torture allegation. He said the arrested policemen had been sent before a judicial magistrate who had placed them on judicial remand.