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Man found dead in police lock-up in Karachi was tortured, autopsy finds

KARACHI: A suspect, who was found dead in the lock-up of the Darakshan police station on Monday, was tortured to death as an autopsy found multiple injuries caused by hard and blunt instruments all over the body.

Police Surgeon Summaiya Syed said that the post-mortem examination of Moiz Naseem was carried out by a board of four doctors in the presence of a judicial magistrate.

Dr Summaiya herself led the four-member board comprising Dr Kamran, Dr Osama and Dr Sono Mal.

“Multiple injuries found all over his body. Death was not due to natural causes,” she declared.

The police surgeon said the victim was hit on the head with sticks and there were injuries on his hands.

She said that 13 different injuries were noted in the examination.

“All samples have been collected for a chemical, histopathology and DNA anaylisis,” she said.

SHO held for murder

DIG-South Syed Asad Raza said that the SHO Ali Raza Leghari and head mohrir Faisal Leghari of the Darakhshan police station were arrested.

He said a murder and illegal detention case was registered against them.

He said the SHO did not hand over the suspect to the investigation branch of police after his arrest in an extortion case.

Meanwhile, DIG-West Irfan Ali Baloch launched a probe into the custodial death after Karachi police chief Imran Yaqoob Minhas appointed him as the inquiry officer.

He recorded statements of policemen concerned and collected all CCTV footages of the station.

He said although the victim was arrested on charges of extortion, initial investigation showed that there was a monetary dispute between the deceased and the complainant.

Published in Dawn, April 17th, 2024

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