Sunday Sep 08, 2019
LAHORE: The post-mortem report of Amir Masih, a young man who was arrested over charges of street crimes, revealed he was tortured to death by Lahore police.
On September 3, a man identified as Masih was killed. Masih’s family had alleged, he had been killed in police custody and demanded an inquiry into his death be initiated.
In closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage, two policemen can be seen dragging Masih into a hospital on a motorcycle. Later, the policemen can be seen bringing Masih out of the hospital in a wheelchair and putting him in a cab.
Punjab Inspector-General Arif Nawaz Khan took notice of the incident and removed the investigation officer Zeeshan and arrested five other officers.
Masih’s post-mortem report reveals, which states there were torture marks on different parts of his body
According to the post-mortem report, there were torture marks on both of Masih’s hands and feet along with his back. The report further said his ribs were also broken.
Punjab Government Spokesman Shahbaz Gul has said a draft regarding police reforms is almost complete and a decision on this will be taken in the next two to three weeks.
Gill further said the reforms are focused on ending violence during police custody, while a watchdog will be established to prevent the torture of detained.
Punjab Chief Minister Punjab Usman Bazdar has taken notice of the incident, ordered the DPO to be removed from the post and made a judicial commission.
Last week, Salahuddin Ayubi, a mentally disabled man accused of robbery died allegedly as a result of police torture. A video has surfaced on social media which showed officials from the Punjab police beating and humiliating Salahuddin Ayubi in custody, sparking public outrage.