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Jail superintendent denies torturing UTP to death

KARACHI: The Superintendent, District Jail, Malir, Syed Shakir Ali, has denied allegations that an under-trial prisoner, Ali Nawaz, was killed by the jail staff for refusing to grease their palms, claiming the UTP was severely ill when he was brought to the jail and he was being treated at the jail hospital, said a statement issued by the Saiban Welfare Organisation.

Haider Ali Haider, General Secretary, Saiban Welfare Organisation, who visited district jail, Malir, on Monday, said the day Ali Nawaz died the jail superintendent was not on duty. The accused’s brother was giving conflicting statements to the media, he added.

He said in the statement that Judicial Magistrate, Malir, in his inquiry report had also ruled out the possibility of Ali Nawaz’s death due to torture and revealed that some unidentified persons also tried to take body of the deceased along with them from Jinnah Post-Graduate Medical Centre but their attempt was foiled by the police.

Jail doctor Manzoor Memon told Haider Ali Haider that UTP was seriously ill before his arrival at jail and on February 3, 2007, he died despite provision of emergency medical treatment. Two other UTPs, Hidayatullah and Mehram, also denied subjecting deceased Ali Nawaz to torture by the jail authorities and told the visiting Human Rights activists that they too were not subjected to any inhuman activity.
Source: The News