Designer Maria B’s husband, Tahir Saeed, has been released from police custody, the couple confirmed in a video posted online.
He was arrested for making their servant escape after he tested positive for the coronavirus, the Lahore district administration said on Tuesday.
The servant was arrested from Khushab and was put into quarantine, a spokesperson for the Lahore police said. He told officials that the designer’s husband made him escape from their home in Lahore’s Defence area.
Saeed was arrested for endangering the lives of others, the spokesperson added.
Maria B, in an earlier video, made an appeal to Prime Minister Imran Khan in this regard. She said the police raided her house on Monday night “like I was the biggest drug mafia don in Lahore”.
The designer said her husband was informed that there was an FIR against him. She said she was extremely stressed as she was waiting for her family’s test results for Covid-19.
Earlier, I tweeted this video without discovering all the facts. I was appalled at police brutality and still am! However, I do not support reckless endangerment. Safety first. But please, don’t arrest civilians or people will no longer get tested! @Lahorepoliceops @UsmanAKBuzdar pic.twitter.com/yWZTtvXqu1
— Laaleen لعلین ✒🎙💻📖🗞 (@laaleen) March 24, 2020
However, the designer and her husband explained in another video what had happened, saying that strange news had been making its way around the internet.
They said they wanted to clear some misconceptions Maria’s video had caused.
The designer’s husband said around 20 policemen had arrived at their doorstep, describing it as “abuse” and “harassment”.
“I cannot tell you how these people behaved yesterday…they used the butt of the gun to break my door open,” Saeed said.
“When I opened the door I was shocked to see three vehicles from two different police stations and 20-25 men had come to get me.”
According to Saeed, yesterday’s incident was pure panic. He said the prime minister had been telling people not to do so and thus avoiding a complete lockdown.