Karachi: Cop abducted, beaten by cops
KARACHI: In another case of infighting among law enforcers, a police constable (PC) deputed at the Telecommunication Department of the Sindh Police was abducted and tortured by personnel of the Special Investigation Unit (SIU).
The irony did not end there. Not a single police station in the city agreed to register their colleague’s complaint. Distraught, the constable eventually lodged his complaint with the Citizens-Police Liaison Committee (CPLC).
CPLC chief Ahmed Chinoy sent a report of the case to Inspector General of Police (IGP) Sindh, Mushtaq Shah, who subsequently initiated an inquiry under the supervision of a number of senior officers.
On Monday, the law enforcement agencies had their guns pointed at one another after a drunken assistant sub-inspector attacked the Rangers soldiers and managed to ensure the escape of his brother-in-law. In turn, the paramilitary troops conducted a raid and arrested the policeman.
The complaint received by the CPLC, which was filed by PC Rashid Hayat, states that the victim was performing duty at the Telecommunication Department on January 18. After completing his duty for the day, he left for his home in his car.
Upon reaching the 5-Star Signal in Block-H, North Nazimabad, he was intercepted by a yellow cab taxi with four passengers. The four men exited their car and pulled the PC out of his vehicle at gunpoint. They then blindfolded him, forced him into the taxi and sped away.
After his blindfolds were removed, the cop realised that he was at the Jamshed office of the SIU. He also came to know that he had been abducted by Sub-Inspector Tahir of the SIU, along with four junior SIU constables.
PC Hayat alleged that the SIU officials continuously beat him, while accusing him of having stolen the car from which he had been abducted.
Hayat rejected the allegation, and says that he provided the SIU officials with the documentation for the car, which they verified.
The SIU officials then asked PC Hayat to call a well-known police officer who would recognise him. Hayat asked his captives to call for Sub-Inspector (SI) Khursheed to verify his identity.
Upon arrival at the office, SI Khursheed held a meeting with SIU officials, after which he came to the detention room and informed PC Hayat that the officials were demanding Rs0.2 million for his release. If Hayat failed to pay, the SIU officials would book him under a fake case.
Hayat informed SI Khursheed that he didn’t have such a large sum of money, and offered Rs50,000 to the officials for his release. The SIU men accepted.
After being released, he tried registering a complaint at the Hyderi police station, where he was told that he needed to take the matter up at the Jamshed office, since that is where the incident occurred.
Hayat said that he went to the CPLC as a last ditch effort, as it had become obvious to him that his complaint would not be entertained anywhere else.
Chinoy said that his organisation has written a letter to the police chief, upon which the IGP had taken action to provide justice in what was a case of torture by the police.
Chinoy also said that he has received the initial medico-legal report from the Civil Hospital, which confirms that the cop had been subjected to torture and electric shock.
The CPLC chief has written another letter to the police chief and Additional Home Secretary Waseem Ahmed for further enquiry in view of the medico-legal report. The IG Sindh has, consequently, asked for a report from Assistant Inspector General (AIG) Amir Farooqui.