A group of prisoners on Friday complained that police had not produced them before a court three weeks since their arrest.
The prisoners claimed that police had arrested them in a murder case three weeks ago.
Prisoners Dilshad, Yasir and Akbar said their friend Iqbal, being held by Kahna police station was arrested on a murder charge. They said later, the police arrested them as well, though they had not been nominated in the FIR. Talking to The Express Tribune at Model Town courts, they said that police took them to a judicial magistrate’s courts after three weeks. They said police threatened to implicate them in false cases if they did not cooperate. Investigation Officer (IO) Muhammad Shakeel rejected the allegations against the police and said their physical remand had been obtained earlier. He did not disclose which court had awarded the remand. He said their remand had been extended for four more days because the police wanted to further investigate the case and recover the murder weapon. Muhammad Islam had registered case at Kahna police station against the men for killing his son Abdul Ghafar.
Judicial magistrates granted after arrest bails to hundreds of people accused of gambling, drinking, and minor cases at Model Town, Cantt and district courts. Officials of various police stations including Kotlakhpat, Factory Area, Ghalib Market, Shahdara and Garden Town produced several before their relevant courts where they were granted bails.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 2nd, 2014.