Sub Inspector of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) Muneer Chandio, allegedly involved in detaining three women and an infant, has been suspended, said the Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Commander Retired Shaukat Mehmood, who appeared before the Additional District and Session Judge, Abdur Razzaq, on Friday.
The court, however, announced to reserve its judgment in the case of violation of fundamental human rights of the three women namely Ruqya, Rukhsana and Shehnaz and an infant girl, who were allegedly abducted from their residence in Gulshan-e-Iqbal.
The complainant, Muhammad Ghulam Abbas, had moved an application under Section 491 of the criminal procedure code claiming that his wife, minor daughter and two other close relatives were abducted by the police on April 5.
He also alleged the police had been demanding a hefty amount for the release of the captured. Abbas, who had appeared for a preliminary hearing on April 7, said the abducted were held at the Gizri police. The court took notice of the matter and directed a bailiff to conduct a raid and if found recover the illegally detained women.
When the women were recovered by the bailiff, the court summoned the station house officer (SHO) of Gizri police station and SIT Sub Inspector Chandio.
The Gizri police SHO, in his defence, claimed the women were received under the authority of the SIT unit. Hence, he was not responsible for their confinement. The sub-inspector, on the other hand, failing to satisfy the court, said the women were arrested for investigation purposes from other police officials and he was not responsible. The women, however, alleged they were abused by the policemen. Upon a court query, the witnesses (women) said they could recognise the policemen who had misbehaved with them.
The court then directed the Inspector General (IG) to appear in person or through a representative not below the rank of a DIG.