Suspect injures himself with handcuffs over police brutality in court

Bulund Iqbal claims authorities thrashed, asked him for a bribe behind bars


Iftikhar Chaudhry April 28, 2019
Bulund Iqbal claims authorities thrashed, asked him for a bribe behind bars. PHOTO: STOCK IMAGE

ISLAMABAD: A suspect injured himself during hearing of his case at a local court by smashing his handcuffs on his head in protest against police brutality on Sunday.

Bulund Iqbal claimed police tortured him for refusing to pay bribe.

He was arrested for allegedly carrying a fire-arm illegally.

Iqbal was locked up at Adiala Jail from where he was taken to the Bakshikhana (temporary lockup at court) in Sector F-8 this morning.

Owing to a lack of space coupled with too many inmates and a dearth in ventilation, he complained of breathlessness.

However, the authorities, asked him for a bribe to be able to stay near the door with better ventilation.

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Iqbal did not have any money and resorted to protest by hitting his handcuffs against his head.

Upon seeing Iqbal hitting himself, the police physically assaulted him even further with his clothes smeared with blood.

He claimed that police demanded a bribe for even letting his family members meet him while incarcerated. Failing to meet this demand, the suspect was not allowed to meet them.

Meanwhile, authorities have not only failed to take any action against officers involved but instead lodged an FIR against Iqbal for attempting to take his own life behind bars.

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