Christian man allegedly tortured to death by police in Lahore

LAHORE: A thirty-five-year-old Christian man , Allah Rakha Shahzad, died on Saturday morning, allegedly after being tortured by police officials at Green Town police station.

Shahzad- also known as Mithu- was arrested by the police on Friday night after which an FIR was filed against him. Shahzad was in custody for selling alcohol and drugs.

Shahzad’s family attributed his death to police torture, alleging that he died during interrogation. Police officials however, claimed that he died due to a heart attack.

Family members of the deceased protested in front of the Green Town police station and threw stones at the police station. DIG Operations Dr Haider Ashraf took notice of the incident after the protest by Shahzad’s family members, who also tried to forcibly enter the police station by breaking the front door.

An FIR was then registered against investigation officer (IO) ASI Rauf and three constables whose names have not been revealed.

Angry protesters also burned tyres and broke glass with sticks, managing to block the road outside the police station.

Speaking to The Express Tribune, SP Sadar Ijaz Shafi Dogar confirmed that an FIR had been registered against IO Rauf and the three unknown constables. The dead body was moved to Munshi Hospital where medical boards will perform a postmortem.

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