Rawalpindi: Robbery suspect succumbs to torture
RAWALPINDI: Torture has become a norm in our society generally and in all police stations of Punjab particularly. A 47-year-old man, who was arrested by police on charges of his involvement in three police encounters and several other robbery cases, died in police custody on Wednesday due to severe torture during investigation at Police Check Post Lehtrar, controlled by Police Station Kotli Sattian. The deceased identified as Muhammad Afraiz Abbasi son of Raheem Dad Abbasi, was a resident of Murree.
Four police officials including two Sub Inspectors (SIs) Saboor and Kaeem were involved in this heinous crime, which later were suspended by Superintendent of Police (SP) Saddar Circle Waheed–ur-Rehman Khattak.
The locals of the area demanded of Chief Minister (CM) Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif and acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) Punjab to take strict action against the Station House Officer (SHO) of PS Kotli Sattian and other staff to set an example for the rest of police officers.
SP Waheed-ur-Rehman Khattak, while talking to The Nation, said that police on a tip-off raided and arrested Afraiz Abbasi last night. He said that the accused was involved in 3 police encounters as well as 24 other robbery incidents. He said that the police investigators shifted him to PCP Lehtrar, where during course of investigation, the condition of the accused started deteriorating and then he fall unconscious. Police showed him to a doctor who suggested cardiac arrest. Later, the accused died, the SP added.
“I while taking action suspended PCP Lehtrar Incharage SI Saboor, the Investigation Officer (IO) SI Kaleem and two other constables, who tortured on Afraiz,” SP said, adding that he also demanded judicial inquiry into the incident.