The district police officer (DPO) has barred police personnel from living in private residences in various areas.
There were growing complaints regarding police officers occupying private rooms, hotel rooms, residences and flats in the city and surrounding localities like Pandak, Chappar Road, Main Bazaar and Mohallah Ramzani, among others, sources told The Express Tribune on Monday.
Locals accused police officials of using these residences for investigation purposes where they reportedly subjected detainees to torture.
Resultantly, DPO Ejaz Ahmed asked all police personnel to immediately move to the police lines and vacate the private residences.
When approached for comments, the DPO said policemen without families have been asked to move to police stations or police lines because the department has already provided them residential facilities.
He also confirmed there were complaints of using residences as private torture cells.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 3rd, 2014.