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LHC for prosecution of six policemen for beating newsman

LAHORE, MARCH 6: The Lahore High Court has asked a Punjab Government law officer to ensure that an SHO and five other police officials of Faisalabad are proceeded against for torturing a journalist; in accordance with a judicial order.

In a writ petition filed through Advocate C R Aslam, Sadiq Husain said he annoyed certain police officials by write-ups contributed by in discharge of his professional duties. To wreak vengeance, the SHO of Ghulam Muhammadabad police station in Faisalabad implicated him in a false case. He got him arrested, subjected him to torture and did not produce him before the area magistrate for two days. When the police did produce him before the magistrate, the court took notice of the detenu’s Condition and got him medically examined by the medical superintendent of Civil Hospital, Faisalabad, and directed the Faisalabad SSP to proceed against the delinquent officials. “Law does not permit the police to torture the accused in its custody,” the magistrate observed.

Despite the magistrate’s direction and observation, the petitioner complained to the high court, no action has been taken against the police officials concerned,

Justice Tassaduq Husain Jilani asked Assistant Advocate-General Imtiaz Ali Kaifi, after hearing Advocate C R Aslam, to get in touch with the Faisalabad deputy inspector-general of police to ensure that the police officials concerned are proceeded against in accordance with the law under intimation to the deputy registrar (judicial) of the Lahore High Court.

The officials involved, besides the SHO, are ASI Mehr Ghulam Muhammad, head constables Muhammad Khan and Fatehullah and constables Nisar and Liaquat of the Ghulam Muhammadabad police station, Faisalabad.

Source: Dawn

Date:3/7/1999