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LPC, PUJ condemns manhandling of two journalists

LAHORE: The office bearers of the Lahore Press Club (LPC) and Punjab Union of Journalists (PUJ) have condemned the manhandling of two journalists by police late on Tuesday.

The police manhandled two journalists on Sunday and Tuesday. Aun Sahi, who worked with an English newspaper, was stopped by policemen at a picket in Daska on Tuesday. The constables Sheharyar and Mushtaq began intimidating him and his younger brother Ali Muslim Sahi. When Sahi told them that he was a journalist, the two constables beat him up. Sahi said the policemen took them to the Daska City Police station where they tortured them.

The office-bearers of LPC and PIJ demanded that the FIR registered against Hiraj be quashed and that legal action be taken against the SHO.

Daska assistant superintendent of police Javed Burar said he had been informed about the incident and that an enquiry committee had been set up to probe the matter. “A decision will be taken on merit and appropriate action will be taken against the people responsible for it,” he said.

Separately, Mehboobul Hiraj was manhandled by Sanda police station house officer (SHO) Javed Siddique last Sunday. He was detained by the said SHO for three hours after being beaten up in National Town. The Sanda police later registered a case against the said journalist under sections 324 and 148 of the Pakistan Penal Code.
Source: Daily Times
Date:2/5/2008