LHC frees 10 from illegal police custody
LAHORE: The Lahore High Court has released five people from 10 days of illegal detention by the Alipur Chattha police on Friday.
The court asked Dr Arif, the Gujranwala district police officer, to suspend Azam Dahloon, the station house officer (SHO), and Ali Ahmed, sub-inspector, and lodge an FIR against them.
“A police officer who tortures innocent citizens and keep them in illegal detention should be sacked from police services,” the court said.
The bailiff had recovered two of five detainees at a previous hearing and the remaining three were produced by the SHO on Friday.
On a habeas corpus petition, a court bailiff had recovered Momman Khan and Fazal Hadi Khan while the police had shifted Noor Khan, Wasil Khan and Azizullah Khan to an unknown place. The detainees told the court that they were tortured in police custody, but said they did not want to initiate any legal proceedings against the policemen.
The court said it was now the duty of the court to punish these policemen for perpetrating inhuman treatment on citizens.
The police had arrested these people on the suspicion that they were preparing to commit a crime.