Amir Masih death: post-mortem report reveals signs of torture

LAHORE: The post-mortem report of Amir Masih, a young man who was arrested over charges of street crimes, revealed he was tortured to death by Lahore police.

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On September 3, a man identified as Masih was killed. Masih’s family had alleged, he had been killed in police custody and demanded an inquiry into his death be initiated.

In closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage, two policemen can be seen dragging Masih into a hospital on a motorcycle. Later, the policemen can be seen bringing Masih out of the hospital in a wheelchair and putting him in a cab.

Punjab Inspector-General Arif Nawaz Khan, after taking notice of the incident, dismissed the the investigation officer Zeeshan and arrested five other officers.

Masih’s post-mortem report reveals, which states there were torture marks on different parts of his body.

The report revealed torture marks on Masih’s hands, feet and back. His were also broken according to the report.

Punjab Government Spokesman Shahbaz Gul has said a draft regarding police reforms is almost complete and a decision on this will be taken in the next two to three weeks.

The reforms are focused on ending violence during police custody, while a watchdog will be established to prevent the torture of detained, Gul added.

Punjab Chief Minister Punjab Usman Bazdar has taken notice of the incident, called for the removal of DPO and constituted a judicial commission.

Last week, Salahuddin Ayubi, a mentally disabled man accused of robbery died allegedly as a result of police torture. A video has surfaced on social media which showed officials from the Punjab police beating and humiliating Salahuddin Ayubi in custody, sparking public outrage.

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