Shocking: Rawalpindi police runs a private torture cell, illegally held accused for days

Torture, prima facie, is one of the standard operating procedures of the police system in Pakistan and this torture is not only confined to the designated torture cells and has made its presence in the private buildings as well.

The dilemmas and problems to which Pakistan’s police system is confronted with are not something new to the discussion. From misuse of authority, ghost employees, lack of sufficient technical and training facilities to custodial deaths and private torture cells have been some of the issues that have never been seriously addressed despite several rounds of claims by the incumbent newly elected leadership of the country.

PM Imran Khan made tall claims of reforming the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police system several times in his electoral speeches and even after getting elected as the chief executive of the country but the issue of police reforms countrywide is still at large as the incidents of custodial violence, private torture cells and corruption in police are getting reported every now and then and the worst part is the lack of proper accountability that is the most needed to avoid such incidents in future.

Since torture is prima facie one of the standard operating procedures of the police system in Pakistan and this torture is not only confined to the designated torture cells and has made its presence in the private buildings as well.

According to the report of Tribune, police in Rawalpindi have kept suspects in private interrogation cells before showing their arrests in the records of the respective police stations. The Cantonment zone DSP Waqar Azeem questioned some suspects who were locked up in Naseerabad police station. CPO Rana has suspended the three officials after getting the report about the running of private torture cells.

DSP Waqar interviewed three suspects locked up in the police station in different cases including dishonesty and kidnapping alongside examining the records. The suspects told the official that they were arrested and kept at different locations across the city in illegal confinements between three to 20 days prior to the registration of the case against them.

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DSP Waqar told CPO about the details of the incident and CPO suspended the concerned policemen and instructed legal action to be taken against them, adding that law was equal for everyone while illegal confinement won’t be tolerated at any cost.

The Station House Officer, however, was granted a clean chit in the entire incident and he’s the one who was responsible to keep the check on what’s going around within the police station.

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