Peshawar: Petition disposed of in prisoner death case
PESHAWAR: The court of additional district and sessions judge, Mr Arshid Khan, on Saturday disposed of an application filed for registration of FIR against the death of a prisoner allegedly because of severe torture.
The court observed that as per the comments of police proper judicial inquiry had already been ordered under direction of Peshawar district and sessions judge to probe the death of prisoner, Zafar Khan, in jail.
The judge observed that in the circumstances it would be appropriate to let the judicial inquiry be concluded first and thereafter the petitioner may seek the remedy sought for, if any, in consonance with the findings of inquiry officer expected to be delivered in due course of time.
The relatives and friends of the deceased prisoner have so far held various protest demonstrations but to no avail, as government has turned a blind eye towards the case.
The application was filed by Ms Romana, mother of the deceased prisoner, requesting for registration of an FIR against officials of Peshawar Central Prison. The application was filed under section 22-A of the Code of Criminal Procedure under which the court has the powers of Justice of Peace and can order registration of FIR.
A judicial magistrate, Shahid Mahmood, has been conducting the judicial inquiry, which is still in progress. The applicant has requested the court to direct the East Cantt police station for registration of an FIR against the superintendent of the prison, Shahjehan Khan, deputy superintendent Ajmal Khan, an assistant superintendent Shamroze Khan and another official Ahmed Wali.
She stated that her son was a cleaner with a passenger Suzuki pick-up and was arrested by officials of Gulbahar police station on June 4, 2011, on charges of possession of narcotics. She stated that the next day her son was sent to prison by the magistrate concerned.
She alleged that the prison officials severely tortured him and when his condition got precarious he was shifted to Lady Reading Hospital on June 17. She added that her son died at the medico-legal ward of the hospital because of severe torture.
She stated that the body of her son carried different marks of violence. She added that she had been requesting the East Cantt police station for registration of FIR, but the officials had not been registering the same.