KARACHI: A judicial magistrate on Friday recovered a man from alleged illegal confinement of police in the Shahid Hayat Police Training Centre in Saeedabad.

The district and sessions judge (West), Abdul Haleem Memon, ordered the principal of the training centre and the station house officer of the Counter-Terrorism Department police station to appear before the court along with relevant record on April 17.

Earlier, Tahira Nazir had filed a human rights complaint with the court, alleging that the CTD personnel robbed her son Talat Nazir outside their house on April 11 and when he offered resistance they took him to the Civil Lines police station.

She further claimed that the SHO of the police station demanded Rs50,000 bribe to release the detainee and subjected him to severe torture in custody because they failed to fulfil his demand.

Later, the custody of the detainee was handed over to the SHO of the CTD police station, who threatened the family to implicate him in false criminal cases and shoot him in a fake encounter.

The applicant further submitted that the SHO-CTD police station later took her son to the Shahid Hayat Police Training Centre and kept him in illegal confinement in an underground cell, alleging that the principal of the training centre had asked his personnel to kill the detainee in a fake encounter if his family failed to pay the bribe.

The district judge appointed judicial magistrate Sajid Ali to conduct a raid on the police training centre and recover the detainee and produce him before the court.

The complainant’s counsel, Nasir Ahmed, said that the judicial magistrate conducted a surprise raid and successfully recovered the detainee, while the police high-ups managed to flee from the training centre.

Later, the magistrate produced the detainee before the DJ (West) who ordered physical examination of the victim and sought a medical report on the next date.

The district judge also summoned the principal of the police training centre and the SHO CTD police station to appear before the court on April 17 along with the relevant record related to custody of the victim.

Published in Dawn, April 17th, 2021

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