LAHORE: The post-mortem — report of Amir Masih, a Christian young man who was detained over charges of street crimes, exposed he was tortured to death by Lahore police.
On September 3rd — 2019, a man identified as Masih was killed. Masih’s family had alleged, he had been murdered in police custody and demanded an inquiry into his death be initiated.
There are some CCTV footages also got by electronic media and according to one of the closed-circuit television (CCTV) footages, 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.
The IG Punjab (Inspector-General Punjab) Arif Nawaz Khan took notice of the occurrence and removed the investigation officer Zeeshan and arrested five other officers.
Amir Masih’s post-mortem report exposes, which states there were torture marks on different parts of his body
There were torture marks on both of Masih’s hands and feet along with his back according to the post-mortem report. 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.
And Gul further said “the reforms are dedicated for ending violence during police custody, while a watchdog will be established to prevent the torture of imprisoned.”
The notice has been taken of the occurrence by the Punjab Chief Minister Punjab Usman Bazdar; and ordered the DPO to be removed from the post and made a judicial commission.
Last week, Salahuddin Ayubi, a mentally disabled man blamed of robbery died allegedly as a result of police torture. Also, a video has surfaced on social media which showed officials from the Punjab police beating and humiliating Salahuddin Ayubi in custody, sparking public outrage.