LHC takes notice of fake police encounter


The Lahore High Court on Wednesday took notice on an application submitted with Complaint Cell that a 22-year-old boy was killed in an alleged fake police encounter.
Lahore District & Sessions judge and Punjab inspector general of police have been directed to probe into the matter and submit detailed reports.
Ahmad Ali, a resident of Jamil Park Saggian, through his application, submitted that his son Mazhar Ali went to attend a marriage but did not return. Next day, the Nawab Town Police informed him that his son committed a theft and injured a police official.
The applicant said that the police did not allow him to meet his son besides threatening him for three hours that if the injured official succumbed to his injuries, a case would be registered against the applicant and his son.
Next day, the applicant reached police station at 9am and police again intimidated him for more than two hours and then took him to Jinnah Hospital for meeting the injured constable but there was no injured official.
After waiting for more than four hours outside the morgue, police told him that his son had been killed in a police encounter and his dead body was in the morgue.
The applicant said that his son’s body had clear signs of torture and burns and it was clear that he was kept in illegal confinement, tortured and killed in a staged encounter.
The applicant has appealed for action against Nawab Town SHO Nazir Uppal, ASI Munir Ahmad and constables Riaz Mohammad, Amir Hayat, Mohammad Latif, Mohammad Ahsan, Abdul Ghafoor, Amir Qayyum, Mohammad Azam and Mohammad Arif.
The LHC Complaint Cell took serious notice of the episode and directed the Lahore D&SJ and Punjab IGP to look into the matter and submit their reports within a week positively.