Two policemen suspended for manhandling journalist
KARACHI: Two policemen were suspended on Saturday for manhandling a journalist while he was covering a police encounter in Gulshan-e-Iqbal.
Sajid Rauf, an Express News reporter, was manhandled by policemen of the Sharae Faisal police station near Lal Flats on main Rashid Minhas Road.
“After hearing gunshots, I reached the spot and saw two robbers lying on the road after they had been shot by the police,” said Rauf. “I took out my mobile phone and started filming the scene when suddenly an official snatched my phone from me.” Rauf said that he told the officials that he was a journalist yet they abused and beat him. The policemen then took Rauf to Sharae Faisal police station where they also manhandled him. District East SSP Irfan Baloch took notice of the incident and suspended the policemen including ASI Amjad.
Home Minister Sohail Anwar Siyal sought a report from the Zone East Police Chief DIG Arif Hanif within 24 hours. Siyal also ordered the department to conduct an inquiry and take action against the policemen responsible.