Abdul Rasheed, a rickshaw driver who was in police custody in connection with a robbery case in the Defence Housing Authority (DHA) area of Karachi, died on Sunday. The family of the deceased has accused the police of subjecting him to torture while he was in custody.
According to the police statement, Abdul Rasheed was detained in connection with a robbery at a mobile shop, where the robbers took away mobile phones and cash worth Rs15 million. The police claimed that the robbers had used Rasheed’s rickshaw to commit the crime and arrested him for investigation purposes with the help of CCTV footage traced.
However, during the investigation, the police claimed that Abdul Rasheed was proven innocent and released him three days ago. The police further stated that Rasheed was only detained for investigation purposes and was not subjected to any torture.
Abdul Rasheed’s brother, on the other hand, alleged that the police tortured his brother while he was in custody. He claimed that Abdul Rasheed was unable to walk properly when the police released him and that he had been tortured with electric shocks and had his fingernails pulled out.
The case has sparked outrage among the public, with many demanding justice for Abdul Rasheed. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Investigation South Zahida Parveen has stated that an autopsy was conducted at the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC), and they are waiting for the doctors’ final report to ascertain the veracity of the family’s claims.
The incident has once again brought to light the issue of police brutality and custodial deaths in Pakistan. Many are calling for a thorough investigation into the matter and for the police officers responsible for the alleged torture to be held accountable.
As the case continues to develop, the demand for justice for Abdul Rasheed is likely to grow, and the public will be closely watching for updates on the investigation.