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Court orders case against 10 cops for torturing lawyer

Dawn logo Dawn 28/04/2020 Dawn

Gojra Additional District and Sessions Judge Shahid Munir ordered the Gojra City police on Monday to register a case against 10 policemen of City and Saddar police stations for raiding the house of a lawyer and torturing and arresting him without any case registered against him.

Lawyer Rameez Asghar Gill had claimed, in his petition, that on April 22 night, a police team from both the police stations raided his house at the behest of City SHO Muhammad Nadeem. He said the SHO wanted him to stop appearing in a case against the policemen.

The petitioner said the raiding police party consisted of 10 policemen, including Sub-Inspector Ashraf Bhutta, ASIs Muhammad Naveed, Malik Zafar and Imran Ghafoor and six constables. He said the policemen pushed his aunt, who was offering prayers, down and arrested him for torture.

The court directed City police to produce the first information report (FIR).

Meanwhile, the lawyers at Gojra continued their strike on the third consecutive day on Monday against the alleged highhandedness of police and also staged a protest demonstration.

They demanded suspension of the suspected policemen from service and their arrest.

District Police Office spokesperson Attaullah claimed that City Police SHO Muhammad Nadeem had already been transferred and the DPO had ordered an inquiry against policemen allegedly involved in the incident.

FAINT: Eight members of a family fainted after eating toxic meal at Sehr time at Chak 382-JB, Jalalalpur.

Police identified the family members as Humayon (70), his son Gulsher (40) and his wife Rani Bibi (35), Imran (23) and his wife Sonia (20), Shan (15), Sana (22) and Noor (9). All of them were rushed to the District Headquarters (DHQ) Hospital where they were still unconscious when this report was filed.

FIRE: A staff van of the Gojra health department caught fire on M-4 near Chak 384-JB Eispur.

Gojra Deputy District Health Officer Dr Naseem Sarwar Sheikh and other staffers saved their lives by jumping out of the burning van.

A health official said tehsil health department staff members were on way from Gojra to Toba Tek Singh to attend a training course on Covid-19.

When they were three kilometres away from Toba interchange, the main shaft of the van broke and it rubbed on the road.

The sparks created by the friction and the van's fuel tank caught fire, which soon spread to all the van.

When the Rescue 1122 reached there, the van had been completely gutted.

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