SHO involved in torture of citizens sent on remand

Sub Inspector Sikander and 12 other cops had kidnapped, tortured five people for extortion

Our Correspondent July 20, 2019
Rep image. PHOTO: FILE

RAWALPINDI: The Special Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) has given five days physical remand of arrested SHO Sikander who was boss of the twelve cops who kidnapped five citizens at gunpoint and extorted money from them after two days of torture.

The suspect would be presented before the court again on July 23. City police officer had suspended 13 of policemen following an inquiry against them for kidnapping, torturing and extorting cash and valuables from citizens.

CPO Faisal Rana on completion of inquiry by SP Potohar and DSP Cantt ordered their arrests in kidnaping for ransom case, a crime punishable by death penalty.

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The police are conducting raids to catch the rest of the policemen named including ASI Mohsin Shah, in the report filed at Westridge police station. Muhammad Imran, a resident of Lahore, said in the complaint that he, his maternal uncle, Muhammad Arif, and his friends Mohsin Ali, Malik Asif and Abbas going back to Lahore from Rawalpindi when they were kidnapped by the rogue cops.

Imran said 13 policemen, on a car and four motorcycles, intercepted them near Chauhar Chowk. The policemen holding the citizen hostage at gunpoint forced them down from the car, blindfolded them and searched their vehicle.

When nothing illegal was found, police took them to Sadiqabad police station where Sub-inspector Sikandar and ASI Mohsin Shah were already present. After around 45 minutes, the victims were blindfolded again and taken to a private place where they were tortured. Police kept the victims standing throughout the night and hit them on head ten shoes after every hour. They were released on payment of 350,000 after a deal with the rogue cops who were first demanding Rs3 million.

Notices issued to 345 shopkeepers

The Rawalpindi Cantonment Board (RCB) has issued 345 notices to the shopkeepers running their businesses without trade licenses in RCB areas.

According to RCB spokesman, the Cantonment Executive Officer Sibtain Raza and his board of directors was taking strict action in accordance with the law against non-trade license holders.

RCB, Food Control Department conducted operations against non-trade license holders and served warning notices to over 345 bakeries, general stores, dairy shops, medical stores, chicken shops and others in different areas of Dhoke Syedan Road, Kalma Chowk, Bakra Mandi, Afshan Colony, Dhoke Mustakeem Road, Saham Road, Tench Bhatta, Masrial Road and other areas.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 20th, 2019.


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