Four of six policemen arrested for parading couple naked

Published: August 5, 2012
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ASI Jamro, police constables Sial and Junejo were arrested, while others including, former SHO Samejo were absconding. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

ASI Jamro, police constables Sial and Junejo were arrested, while others including, former SHO Samejo were absconding. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

SUKKUR: Gambat police have arrested four out of the six policemen late Saturday night, who allegedly forced a couple to walk naked from Mirbahar Muhalla to Gambat police station on the night of July 28. According to the arrested police officials, the couple was involved in adultery and had raided their house after being notified by area residents.

Earlier on July 28, a team of police officials in the town of Gambat, led by Station House Officer (SHO) Khair Mohammad Samejo arrested a man and two women and charged them with the aforementioned crime.

According to sources in the area, Mumtaz often invited escorts to his house, despite strong complaints from his neighbours.

On July 30, the accused were produced in court and their bail pleas were accepted. After the issue was taken up by the media, action was taken against SHO Samejo who was subsequently reverted and suspended, along with the other five officials.

Inspector Haq Nawaz Lolai has been given the charge of SHO Gambat.

A case was registered against six police officials including, SHO Khair Mohammad Samejo, ASI Raheem Bux Jamro and Ameer Ali Shar and police constables Ghulam Raza Sial, Abdul Latif Junejo and Ghulam Akbar Khaskheli.

Later, in the midnight police raided different places and arrested ASI Jamro and police constables Sial and Junejo, while Samejo was arrested Sunday night. The remaining two officials were absconding.

Earlier, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Khairpur Irfan Baloch was not ready to take action against the SHO in question, but when the media took up the case, he was forced to take action against the responsible police officials.

Attempts to contact SSP Baloch were in vain as his PSO Inspector Warris Bhutto said that the SSP was not available and he will call back as soon as he is available. However, hours later, the officer did not call back and neither did he receive the reporter’s calls.

Talking to The Express Tribune, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Sukkur Dr Ameer Ahmed Shaikh, expressing his displeasure and anger over the incident, termed it an inhuman act, adding that although according to reports Mallah was not an ‘angel’, but the way the couple was paraded to the police station was disgraceful and intolerable.

He said that, earlier the SSP was not ready to believe that the couple was escorted naked to the police station until area residents and journalists told him about the incident.

Talking about former SHO Samejo, the DIG said that the man seems ‘sick’ and should be awarded exemplary punishment. The DIG had earlier said that the former SHO was ready to surrender and would appear before the SSP, tonight.

Disturbing past

It is worth mentioning that former SHO Samejo was infamous for adopting negative measures for punishing the accused. During his posting as SHO Lakhi Ghulam Shah police station, he had put strings in the nose of an accused, who was arrested on alleged charges of robbery, and then had unleashed his pet monkey on him.

According to another incident, during his posting in Salehpat he had done the same with another accused, after which he was transferred.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • stenson
    Aug 5, 2012 - 11:05PM

    Looks like they learned this from watching too many Indian movies!

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  • True Muslim Paki
    Aug 5, 2012 - 11:05PM

    Liberals will come screaming telling how brutal pakis are, but conveniently ignore the immoral acts that these people were doing during Ramadan.Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Aug 5, 2012 - 11:42PM

    Home of the creative and brave police officials!

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  • Imran Con
    Aug 6, 2012 - 1:07AM

    @True Muslim Paki:
    So parading people naked in public is the only civilized appropriate way to deal with the crime? One of the best of the worst excuses I’ve seen. Nice attempt at tacking the religious angle onto it so that your fellow Muslims can have a hard time disagreeing with you under the threat of looking like bad Muslims.

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  • haider
    Aug 6, 2012 - 2:59AM

    @True Muslim Paki:
    why is it so difficult for people like you to mind their own business. Why can’t you just accept that you do not own everyone else?
    And btw do you believe it is acceptable to do all this in the other eleven months?

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  • mabid
    Aug 6, 2012 - 4:46AM

    Horrible in human act by Police. I think Senior Police Officer are equally responsible for this act due to their negligence in supervision this kind of action done by the junior police officials with great impunity in Pakistan only few are reported in press.

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  • Aug 6, 2012 - 6:04AM

    Mirbahar says that the police brought the women with them. Parading people naked is not a legitimate form of punishment. Anyone who forces people to parade naked is shameless and has no credibility. There is actually no reason to believe that the couple were engaged in adultery.

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  • M. Zubair
    Aug 6, 2012 - 10:42AM

    Two wrongs does not make it right

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  • Logic Europe
    Aug 23, 2012 - 12:00PM

    @ true Muslim paki By any measure the police act was much more unislamic ,,if you have any understanding of Islam . In Ramzan , this animal SHO not only removed hijab from that couple but also removed PARDA from all those muslim women who must have watched them
    REMEMBER YOU SICK PEOPLE RAMZAN IS A MONTH OF FORGIVENESS
    The acts of this kind may occur in any part of the world but only in Pakistan you find people who support them

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