SHEIKHUPURA: A class eight boy, Arsalan Mushtaq, died from alleged police torture in Jhabran Mandi on Monday just outside a private coaching centre where he was studying.

According to the first information report, lodged by his father Mushtaq Masih, Arsalan was attending his tuition classes at the Ideal Science Academy when hawaldar Imtiaz, driver Rashid, constable Arshad and razkar Robin with an unidentified razakar and a police official, all from the Bahu Chowk police post, came there and dragged Arsalan out of classroom.

Sardar, alias Billu, who was with the officials, helped them to identify the boy. With this, they all started beating the teenage boy. The teacher of the coaching centre, Farhan Ali, tried to resist the raid, but the officials shoved him and kept beating the boy. Rashid struck his head with a pistol and he suffered bleeding. When they bundled him into the van, Arsalan collapsed and died.

Later, they threw the body roadside and fled.

District Police Officer Sarfraz Virk said police had registered a case against the accused.

Published in Dawn, October 11th, 2017

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