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Hundreds protest in Peshawar after man ‘tortured’ by police

Four policemen suspended for beating men over social media post

SAMAA | - Posted: Jun 26, 2020 | Last Updated: 5 months ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Jun 26, 2020 | Last Updated: 5 months ago

Hundreds of men came out on the streets of Peshawar and staged a protests at Assembly Chowk on Thursday against the police for torturing a man who posted against them on social media.

The protesters demanded that the four policemen accused of the crime should be brought to court and sent to jail. They said that it was high time they spoke up against such injustices.

"We will take out the bad fish from the pond," a protester said. "Who gave them [the police] the right to remove someone's clothes and torture them like this?" he questioned.

When the protests got out of hand, the police baton charged and shelled on them as well.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Inspector-General Sanaullah Abbasi called the incident an "individual act" and an "attempt to taint the image of the police".

The Peshawar High Court, on the other hand, has instructed the IG to conduct a transparent investigation and punish those responsible so that such a case is not reported in the future.

KP Spokesperson Ajmal Wazir announced on Thursday that a judicial inquiry will be conducted and a report will be presented before a high court judge within a month.

"Out government will make the report public once it's completed and send all those accused to jail," he added.

It was reported on Wednesday that four officers tortured and beat up a man in Peshawar for abusing them in a video posted on social media.

The man had posted the abusive video a few days ago, following which the police officers arrested him and brutally beat him up after removing his clothes.

A video of the attack went viral after which the officers, identified as Tehkal SHO Shehriyar Khan, Phandi IHS Zairullah, Tehkal FC Naeem and Tauseef, were suspended.

An FIR has also been lodged against them under the Police Act.

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