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Press photographer beaten up by Hyderabad Police

HYDERABAD- Hyderabad Police tortured a press photographer, for taking pictures of police Lathi-charge on youth outside the venue of a musical concert.

ASP Cantonment Iqbaj Dara and Traffic Incharge Inspector Noor-ul-Haq Rind, along with several dozen policemen manhandled the youth outside the venue of the musical concert of Junoon at a local hotel. Most of the youths, despite having tickets, were denied entry by the ASP, which resulted in disturbance and they chanted slogans against the police and one of the organisers Shahid lqbal, the front man of the hotel owner. In the meantime, heavy police contingent, started Lathi-charge on the youths. The police also used rifle butts, causing stampede on the main Thandi Sarak.

Imran Malik, the photographer of regional Sindhi daily Ibrat, with fellow press photographer Ishtiaq Ahmed of daily Kawish snapped the Lathi-charge by the police.

This irritated the ASP who ordered Inspector Rind to catch hold of the photographers. Imran was caught by the police personnel, who threw him into a mobile and started beating him up with sticks and rifle butts. The representatives of daily Dawn MH Khan and Daily Awam Hamid Sheikh rescued Imran.

Imran said he was kept in A-Section police station where he was subjected to severe physical and mental torture. The journalists’ community of Hyderabad in a meeting at Hyderabad Press Club, decided to protest against the police excesses against the newsmen.

The meeting which was attended by the HPC president Lala Rehman Samo, General Secretary Ansar Naqvi, senior journalists Azizullah Malik, Ali Hassan, Madad Ali Sindhi, Hameed Sheikh and others, condemned the police attitude towards the journalist and press photographers and demanded the dismissal of the ASP Cantonment and Inspector Noor-ul-Haq Rind.

Source: The News
Date:9/4/2000