FAISALABAD, May 28: A court bailiff on Monday recovered four boys brutally tortured and illegally detained at a private torture cell of the Samanabad police.
Yaqoob of Chak Jhalandar filed a writ petition with Additional District and Sessions Judge Qaiser Nazir Butt submitting that police had detained his son Ali Raza and his nephew at a private torture cell without any case. He said the police had taken them into custody when they were at a public park in Samanabad.
The judge deputed bailiff Najam who raided the outhouse pointed out by Yaqoob in Gulshan Colony, Samanabad, and rescued Ali, Shahid, Waseem and Shakil. The boys were detained in a room with iron chains on their legs.
A constable, Adil, and a Razaakar, Shafaqa, were deployed to keep an eye on the boys.
The bailiff quizzed the constable about the illegal detention; however, he could not satisfy him.
The boys were produced before the court in chains. The judge did not allow unchaining the boys till the arrival of Iqbal Town SP Shakirullah Dawar. The judge released the boys and ordered their medical examination as they showed torture marks to the court.
The court also ordered registration of a case against Samanabad police SHO Sub-inspector Maghfoor Ahmed.
Talking to reporters outside the court, the boys said policemen had been subjecting them to severe torture tagging them as robbers. They said some private people used to torture them at the outhouse. They showed torture marks to the media too, and said police forced them to confess snatching of motorcycles.
Police said the boys were robbers and they had confessed to snatching of two motorcycles during investigation.
The Iqbal Town SP told the media that an inquiry into the issue had been initiated.
The policemen were furious and tried to hide torture from the media.
When the boys were being brought outside the court, some of the constables thrashed Farhanullah, cameraman of a private TV channel, as he tried to film the private people who had allegedly been torturing the youngsters.