Nineteen people detained on charges of violating the ban imposed to prevent citizens from going into the sea were discharged by a district and sessions court on Monday.
Mumtaz Ali Solangi, a judicial magistrate in district south, discharged the suspects after charges of violating the ban could not be made against them.
The suspects complained that they did not violate the ban and the police had arrested them from Sea View and its surrounding areas.
The suspects said that the roads leading to the Clifton beach were blocked and the police detained them from the roads nearby.
The police had apprehended the suspects on Sunday in connection with defying the ban imposed under Section 144 (power to issue order absolute at once in urgent cases of nuisance or apprehended danger) of the Criminal Procedure Code.
The suspects were booked under Section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of Pakistan Penal Code and on Monday the police produced them before the court for taking their remand.
The judge, however, discharged the suspects after the case could not be made against them.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 5th, 2014.