Wednesday Sep 04, 2019
A horrifying video has surfaced on social media which shows officials from the Punjab police beating and humiliating Salahuddin Ayubi, a mentally disabled man accused of robbery.
Ayubi died allegedly as a result of custodial torture earlier this week.
In the video, two police officers can be seen hitting the deranged Ayubi and using abusive words to intimidate him. Ayubi appears to be in extreme pain and is struggling to comprehend the situation he is in.
In a sickening display of abuse of power, the police officials can also be seen asking Ayubi to stick out his tongue for their amusement, apparently oblivious to the mental and physical condition of the suspect.
Strong reaction on the video has flowed in from Pakistani users on social media, who have called on the Punjab government to make an example out of officials responsible for the death of the mentally-challenged man.
Ayubi had went viral after he was caught stealing from an ATM in Faisalabad and then sticking his tongue out at the camera. Ayubi was apprehended from Rahim Yar Khan last week.
Salahuddin was a resident of Gujranwala and mute. He was also mentally-challenged. His body has been handed over to his father for burial, suggest reports on social media.
Ayubi passed away while he was in police custody. He was reportedly suffering from a health condition and was rushed to a hospital when his condition deteriorated, where he died.
The district police officer has ordered an inquiry into his death, the exact cause of which would be determined in a post-mortem. Human Rights Commission of Pakistan has taken notice of the incident.