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Karachi

September 10, 2010

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Torture on juvenile in police custody

Torture on juvenile in police custody

Karachi
The Sindh High Court (SHC) directed DIG West to conduct an inquiry into the alleged torture of an under trial juvenile in police custody.
The applicant, Wasimuddin, was produced before the SHC’s division bench headed by Justice Amir Hani Muslim. Wasim maintained that during his stay at the Youthful Offenders Industrial School he was physically tortured by the police. The applicant, who is facing trial in two cases registered at Khawaja Ajmair Nagri and Aziz Bhatti police stations, said that he was implicated in the cases at the behest of one Zubair with whom he had an enmity.
The visiting judge saw the injuries of the applicant and called a report from the Superintendent of Youthful Offenders, Industrial School. The superintendent sent a report in which he maintained that at the time of Wasim’s remand to jail lockup, he had three injuries on his body which were described by the Medico-Legal Officer Dr. Niazi as jurh-e-ghayr-i-jaifah damiyah. The report stated that injuries of the applicant were two to three days old and this certificate was issued on August 24, 2010.
The court had converted the application of the juvenile under trial prisoner into a petition and notices were issued to Prosecutor General and Investigation Officer along with the record of the cases.
Justice Muslim, after hearing the application, summoned DIG Karachi West in the matter since he is the over all incharge of police officials against whom the allegations were leveled by the petitioner. The court directed DIG West to conduct an inquiry and submit his report within seven days. The matter has been adjourned till September 14.
Petition against placement of names: The SHC directed Home Secretary to produce material against three persons whose names were placed under the fourth schedule of Anti Terrorism Act for justifying imposition against them.
Petitioner Syed Asif Raza, Umer Farooq and Sheikh Mohammad Akhtar challenged the placement of their names by the Home Department under the fourth schedule of ATA submitting that their fundamental rights were being violated. The petitioners counsel submitted that certain restriction have been imposed on the petitioner movement for more than three years and prayed to the court to remove their names from the fourth schedule.
The court expressed dissatisfaction over the comments filed by the section officer of the Home Department and directed the Home Secretary to place material against the petitioners that would justify placement of their names under the fourth schedule of ATA.
Meanwhile, Administrative Judge of the Anti Terrorism Courts in Karachi extended the remand of two suspects, facing kidnapping and murder charges, to police custody. Ali Mohammad and Furqan Malik were arrested for kidnapping and murdering Abdul Hadi from Pak Colony area in July this year. Police said that the suspects kidnapped Hadi and demanded Rs10 million for his release later the deal was finalized on Rs. 6 million. The suspects after receiving ransom killed the abductee and threw his body in a drain.

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