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Court orders SHO’s arrest

LARKANA, Sept 19: The Larkana circuit bench of the Sindh High Court on Wednesday ordered the DPO of Shikarpur to arrest the SHO of Lakhi Ghulam Shah police station after registering an FIR against him for keeping a 70-year-old pesh imam in illegal confinement for 26 days.

The division bench comprising Mr Justice Amir Hani Muslim and Mr Justice Abdul Rehman Farooque Pirzada passed the orders on a petition filed by Mohamemd Abid, son of the detainee Muhammed Siddique Jatoi.

The petitioner said that the SHO and TPO arrested on Aug 17 his elderly father, a pesh imam at a mosque in Abdul Ghaffar Jatoi village, and illegally detained him in police quarters adjacent to the police station without obtaining any remand from any court.

When he asked the SHO to release his old father he demanded Rs20,000 in return for the release and threatened if he had failed to arrange the money his father would be implicated in false criminal case, said the petitioner.

But poor as he was he (petitioner) could not arrange the money, he said and added that police had misused their powers and trampled upon the fundamental rights of citizens as envisaged in the Constitution.

The petitioner’s counsel said that police released the detainee on Sept 12 after the his son filed the constitutional petition on Sept 10 and the SHO made good his escape from the court premises when he was summoned to court on Sept 13.

The court had then directed the DPO of Shikarpur to produce the SHO on Sept 19 and he told the court on Wednesday that the SHO had been suspended.

The court recorded the detainee’s statement and passed orders to register an FIR against the SHO, arrest him and stop his salary and asked the regional police officer (RPO) Sukkur to take disciplinary action against the police official.
Source: Dawn
Date:9/20/2007