Case registered against Sargodha Police after man dies in custody


LAHORE: Sargodha Police on Wednesday registered a case against five individuals, including a police inspector, after a man—who was arrested a day earlier on charges of robbery—allegedly died in police custody.

Imran Arif, of Sargodha Chak 34, was detained at the City Police Station for a robbery and died in police custody according to his relatives, who also claim that Arif had died due to police torture.

The Sargodha Factory Area police station have registered the case against the police officials under Section 302 of the Pakistan Penal Code.

An FIR [first information report] was registered on October 17 by the victim’s grandmother that stated that Arif was arrested by the city police station on October 16 where he was interrogated and fell sick.

Police then took the victim to a nearby hospital around 9pm and found out that Asif had died by that time, according to the details in the FIR.

Relatives of the victim gathered outside the site of the post-mortem examination and protested against the police, during which, the victim’s family claimed that Arif had been falsely accused of robbery and he was innocent.

The victims’ relatives appealed to senior officials for justice.