The Sindh High Court (SHC) in Sukkur ordered its district and sessions judge on Tuesday to look into the torture of a lawyer and the subsequent detention of two more lawyers by the police on February 21.
Mir Mohammad Tunio was beaten by a broker, Imran Qadri, when he demanded his money back. Qadri, with the help of his neighbours, then took Tunio to the police station, where he was tortured reportedly by the police. After hearing about the incident, SHC Bar Association general secretary, Sukkur, Qurban Malano, and the district bar association president, Shafqat Raheem, went to the police station to inquire about the matter, but were instead detained by the SHO and removed to an undisclosed location. After a group of lawyers submitted an application to the high court, a division bench comprising Justice Shahid Anwar Bajwah and Justice Mohammad Ali Mazhar issued notices to the provincial home department, Sukkur police’s DIG, SSP and the SHO to appear before the court on February 28, along with the two missing lawyers. However, the police released both of the lawyers on February 22. Advocate Hadi Bux Bhatt said that a representative of the Sukkur SSP and the accused SHO appeared before the court on Tuesday.
The justices ordered the submission of report by March 6.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 29th, 2012.
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