RAWALPINDI: Four police officers were handcuffed in a courtroom and sent to Adiala Jail on Thursday.
The policemen, including DSP Islamabad Altaf Aziz Khattak, were found guilty of abusing their power to arrest an innocent citizen. Upon hearing the verdict, DSP Aziz attempted to escape in a car that was parked outside the courtroom. Police officials managed to intercept and arrest him. Additional District Session Judge Sajjad Hussain Sindhar had passed the original judgment. But after the DSP’s attempt to escape, he ordered the registration of a new case against him.
The policemen had forcibly entered the house of Naseer Ahmed, a resident of Muslim Town, Rawalpindi and arrested him without reason in 2000. No case had been filed against Ahmed and no authority had ordered his arrest. The officers took the victim to Islamabad and imprisoned him in a secret cell where they tortured him for money. The victim’s brother Saleem Nawaz had filed a petition with the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA). The agency registered a case against all four accused and arrested them.
The officers were released on bail after 26 months by the Lahore High Court, against which an appeal was filed in the Supreme Court. Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Chaudhry remanded the case to the court of additional district and session judge, Rawalpindi with an order to decide the bail petitions of the accused on merit. The additional district and session judge dismissed the bail petitions of all four accused and ordered their arrest.
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