K-P up in arms against custodial torture

K-P up in arms against custodial torture]


PESHAWAR:

Dozens of people were injured on Friday as police and protesters clashed in the Tehkal district of the provincial capital as the latter protested against the excesses of the former. Clashes occurred even as the government wrote to the provincial judiciary, asking it to investigate reports that police detained an Afghan citizen, stripped him of his clothes and paraded him naked. , then tortured him for abusing officers in a video.

Several protests and rallies took place across the province on Friday to protest against the torture of Rafiullah alias Amir by Tehkal.

The largest demonstrations took place in the Tehkal area, in front of the Peshawar Press Club and in front of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Council building. Protesters flooded the road from Saddar to the press club, blocking all traffic. Former Awami National Party (ANP) parliament member Alamgir Khan Khalil and members of the Pakistani youth wing Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) also joined the rally.

They held up banners condemning police brutality and filmed an inmate in a compromised position and then released the video. Shouting anti-police slogans, they asked the judiciary to investigate the incident and keep the road closed for nearly two hours.

As protesters approached the provincial assembly, they were charged by police in riot gear. Then the protesters started throwing stones at the police.

To disperse the crowd, police fired tear gas canisters.

Clashes left dozens of protesters and police injured.

Meanwhile, protests against police excesses also took place in Mardan, Swabi, Bajaur, Charsadda, Nowshera, Malakand, Lower and Upper Dir, Swat and other southern districts. Lawyers, social workers, students and local political leaders participated in these protests.

Judicial Investigation

During a press conference at the information room of the civil secretariat on Friday, the adviser to the K-P Minister for Information, Ajmal Wazir, said that the provincial government had written a letter for the Chief of Staff of the Peshawar High Court to appoint a judge to head a judicial committee to investigate the Tehkal case by Order of the K-P Investigative Court

 

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