Black magic: ‘Cops thrashed me over curse attempt’

Petitioner says cops falsely accused him of placing severed goat’s head at gate.


Our Correspondent August 12, 2013
Yaqoob said he had approached the SHO concerned to lodge a complaint, but the policeman did not listen to him. PHOTO: FILE

LAHORE:


An additional district and sessions judge has sought comments from the Hadiara SHO by August 15 on a petition against nine policemen who allegedly thrashed a man for placing a goat’s head in front of a cop’s house in order to put a curse on him.


Petitioner Muhammad Yaqoob submitted that he was a poor and simple man who had no knowledge of black magic and had not placed a goat’s head in front of policeman Shabbir’s house.

He said that policemen Shabbir, Sagheer, Tanveer, Maqsood, Latif, Abdur Rasheed, Abdul Ghafoor, Younas and Shehzad had barged into his home and dragged him and his family outside.

They allegedly beat up the petitioner, accusing him of seeking to put a hex on Shabbir. They also allegedly threatened to implicate him in false cases.

Yaqoob said he had approached the SHO concerned to lodge a complaint, but the policeman did not listen to him.

He asked the court to direct the SHO to register a case against the nine policemen for humiliating him in front of his family, for dragging them outside, for assaulting him and for threatening him.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 13th, 2013.

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