ISLAMABAD: Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Hamza Shafqaat ordered an investigation a couple of days ago into the death of a man in police custody.
Mr. Shafqaat told Dawn when approached that he ordered the sub-divisional magistrate to conduct an investigation within a month and send a report to his office.
Police said the man was arrested on Nov 6 for holding an illicit weapon. He admitted during the investigation to his role in a robbery committed on Oct 9.
As he leapt from the moving vehicle on F-10/3 with the intention of fleeing, the suspect was taken to the crime scene, the police said.
He sustained burns as a result and went asleep. He was admitted to the hospital, but he passed away.
The sources said that the man was taken dead to Pims on Nov. 6 at 9:15pm and an autopsy was done the next day. During the autopsy and when the police retrieved the body from the hospital, there were no family members of the deceased, the sources added.
The autopsy identified signs of trauma to the body. Police sources told Dawn that 10 wounds on the body were seen in the autopsy report.
“Besides multiple contusions in the brain, the scalp was found to be traumatic and ruptured from the inside,” they added.
Bruises and abrasions were also found on the left side of the left eye, left arm, and right shoulder. There was also a cut and abrasion between the knee and ankle on the front side of the left leg, and bruising between the knee and ankle on the front side of the right leg.
On the sole of the left and right toes as well as on the right and left buttocks, bruises were also found.
Former medico-legal officer of the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims) Dr Wasim Khawaja told Dawn when contacted that in cases of police torture injuries, the buttocks, soles of the feet and the front of the lower legs were usually spotted. In order to beat someone to obtain information, police use blunt weapons, either made of wood or leather, he said.
In 2010, all station house officers (SHOs), in-charges of the Criminal Investigation Agency, Crime Investigation Section and the Anti-Car Lifting Cell were acquired by the capital police, claiming that they would not resort to torturing criminals in detention.
The action was taken to direct the Supreme Court to the Police of the Capital.
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The undertakings specified that under the pretext of investigations, the officials would not run any personal or secret police torture cells and would not expose any offenders to torture during the investigation. Deputy Inspector of General (Operations) Waqaruddin Syed, when approached, expressed ignorance of the status of an investigation directed by the Police Inspector General (IGP) into the matter.
The DIG said he would verify the status of the investigation when it was notified that he was named as the chairman of the inquiry committee and that the report was to be sent to the IGP office within a week.