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Singer complains against police

THATTA: Singer Allah Dino Khaskheli has said that his ment- ally-ill teenage son has disappeared after being picked up by police, and accused police of beating him and his sons.

He appealed to the chief minister, home minister and culture minister of Sindh for justice and an inquiry into alleged police excesses.

Showing marks of torture on his body, Allah Dino told journalists at the press club that DSP Liaquat Dars of Mirpur Bathoro took him to Mirpur Bathoro police station three days ago and beat him up, saying that his mentally-ill son Waseem, 12, was involved in a theft.

Meanwhile, police brought Waseem and his brother Tansen, a singer, to the police station while thrashing them, Allah Dino said.

He said that he was set free on the condition that he would not tell anybody about his ordeal and give bribe to the DSP to get his sons released.

He said that he could not arrange money till dusk and returned to the police station to give food and bedding to his sons, where he found policemen torturing his sons.

Next morning, Allah Dino said, he came to know that his sons had been implicated in a fictitious theft case.

The police obtained remand of Tansen from a court in Mirpur Bathoro but did not produce Waseem in the court, Allah Dino said.

He said that they were worried about Waseem who had been admitted to hospitals for psychiatric treatment many times.

He expressed the fear that his son may be killed by police, and appealed for his recovery and an inquiry into police excesses. Allah Dino said that he belonged to a respectable family of singers and they had never been involved in any negative activity.

When contacted. DSP Dars said that Tansen had been arrested in a theft case lodged by a shopkeeper, adding that he had no knowledge about Waseem as he was in Jati in connection with an official assignment when Tansen was arrested.

He denied that Allah Dino or his son had been beaten up by the police, and said: “All the singers are not angels.”
Source: Dawn
Date:1/31/2010