KP Govt orders judicial inquiry into Tehkal police violence case
Statesman Report
PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government has decided to hold a judicial inquiry into incidence of police violence against a person in jurisdiction of Tehkal police station for free, fair trial of police officials.
Addressing a press conference here, KP government Spokesman Ajmal Wazir said that the Government would hold the judicial inquiry through a judge of the High Court under KP Tribunal of Inquiry Ordinance.
He said that in consultation with the Chief Justice of Peshawar High Court a notification would be issued in this regard, adding that judicial inquiry would be conducted and completed within 15 days after which the accused would be taken to task.
He said Chief Minister Mehmood Khan convened a special meeting of Chief Secretary and IGP and Law Minister over police violence against Amir alias Tehkaly.
The committee decided to hold a judicial inquiry into the incident to provide justice to the affected family and the person, adding that the report of the inquiry committee would be made within a month.
Ajmal said that he had met with the victim’s family and assured justice to them and informed them that the police officials involved in the incident including SHO had already been suspended and put behind bars.
He said KP police earned a good name for the force by rendering sacrifices in the war against terrorism and the elements involved in spoiling the name of KP police would not be spared.
Meanwhile KP Public Safety Commission wrote a letter to Police chief seeking insertion of proper sections of law including 166(disobeying law), 342 (illegal confinement) PPC/20 (Malicious Code) 21 (Cyber stalking), 24 (Legal recognition of offenses committed in relations to information system) PECA(Prevention of Electronic Crime Act against the accused police officials for fair and transparent investigation against them, reports APP.
Cops involved in torture remanded into police custody for 2 days
A judicial magistrate in Peshawar on Thursday remanded three police officers — allegedly involved in abusing and stripping a man naked — into custody for two days.
The officers were arrested and booked for assault and other charges on Wednesday after a video, showing police personnel in uniform abusing, beating up and forcibly taking off the clothes of a man, circulated on social media.
All three of the police officials, who have been nominated in the first information report, were presented before the magistrate Thursday.
Separately, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Inspector General of Police Sanaullah Abbasi and Peshawar capital city police officer appeared before the Peshawar High Court, which had taken notice of the matter.
IGP Abbasi told the court that all three policemen, who are nominated in the case, as well as the station house officer of the police station where the incident took place, have been suspended. The police chief further said that Senior Superintendent of Police (Operations) Zahoor Afridi has also been suspended for “playing a role” in the incident. The notification of Afridi’s suspension was issued late previous night.
Before his suspension, Afridi, in a video message, had said the police high command had taken “strict notice” of the incident after the video went viral and promised that the “due course of law” will be followed.
“What is happening IG sahib, what direction are the police going in?” Judge Qaiser Rashid asked the IGP.
“This incident has shaken the foundations of society, have evoked sadness in people,” he remarked. He noted that while the “history of police was full of sacrifices” some “black sheep have defamed the entire department”.
“Before appointing [someone] as SHO, have them undergo a medical examination to ensure their mental condition is stable,” the judge advised, adding: “Do hold an inquiry but don’t end up handing a clean chit to your people.”