Torture charges: ‘Police given 3 days to investigate’

Complainant says her son was tortured to extract information about his brother’s whereabouts.


Shamsul Islam August 09, 2012

FAISALABAD:


Senior Superintendent of Police (Operations) Sadiq Ali Dogar has formed a team to probe allegations of torture against Mansoorabad police.


SSP Dogar said action would be taken against policemen if they were found guilty of torturing one Munir Ahmed to extract information about the whereabouts of his brother, Qadeer Ahmed, and a woman the latter is accused of having kidnapped.

The SSP said the inquiry team had been asked to submit a report to his office in three days.

He said an application submitted by the mother of Munir Ahmed stated that he was tortured by the police during custody.

He said he had received the application but would wait for the registration of an FIR till a medical report was received from the hospital.

He said strict action would be taken against the policemen if they were found guilty of torture on Munir Ahmed.

Dr Muhammad Akmal who is treating Munir Ahmed at Allied Hospital said a board was constituted on Thursday to examine Munir Ahmed. He said the board would submit their report directly to the policemen probing the incident.

He said Ahmed’s condition was now stable but said that the bruises on the back, arms and legs would take several days to heal.

According to his mother, Ahmed was taken away from their home by Mansoorabad police on Monday night. She said the policemen had first asked for Qadir Ahmed, her other son.

She said when they did not find him they took Munir Ahmed with them. She said Munir Ahmed was later found abandoned on a roadside in Mansoorabad by some passers-by who took him to Allied Hospital on Wednesday night.

She said Qadir Ahmed had left home some months ago without telling her or Munir Ahmed about his plans or whereabouts.

The FIR registered against Qadir Ahmed accuses him of kidnapping a woman.

Mansoorabad station house officer Abdul Rashid declined comment.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 10th, 2012.

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