Police in Pakistan are a huge terror than COVID-19. Once you are trapped in police custody regardless of being innocent, only good fortune can send you back home. A seventh-grade student died in furtive circumstances in police custody here on Sunday. The incident sent repercussions on social media. It prompted a gripe by the relatives and public outside the police station. 7th Grade Student Dies in Peshawar Police Custody: People Are Furious.
Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Mahmood Khan suspended the entire staff of the police station. He also ordered a judicial inquiry into the incident.
All-inclusive details of the immoral felony
A 14-year-old Pakistani boy has died under indistinct circumstances while in police custody in the northwestern city of Peshawar, causing a protest rally outside the police station where the incident took place. The officer in charge of the police station was also incarcerated, after terminating the entire staff.
The boy, identified as Shahzaibwas, was interned the previous day after a row at Liaquat Bazaar during which he allegedly pointed a weapon at shopkeepers, according to a statement issued by the office of the Chief City Police Officer.
According to police,
“We arrested the student identified as Shahzaib on Sunday. He was a resident of Warsak Road. Because he exchanged some hot words with a shopkeeper and pointed a weapon at him.”
In yet another tragic incident, a grade-7 student was found dead in the lock-up of the West Cantonment Police Station on Sunday. The Incident has disrupted the nation, as a few days earlier a student from Bannu was shot dead by the cops in the limits of the Faqirabad Police Station.
Another terrible news from Peshawar. Shahzib, a student of 7th class has been killed today by Peshawar police. He was severely beaten by police, later he succumbed to his injuries. His father appeals for justice. Shame Peshawar police.
— Atta Ullah Khan (@LeftistGuy10) March 14, 2021
7th Grade Student Dies in Peshawar Police Custody: People Are Furious
The spokesman for the Peshawar Police said,
“The deceased was arrested by the cops of the West Cantonment Police Station after the clash and a case was lodged against him under 15 AA. The boy later committed suicide in the lock-up by strangulating himself.”
The father of the deceased, spelled out with sorrow
“My son was tortured to death but the cops staged the drama that he committed suicide. My son was a brilliant student of class 7 who stood second in class in the last exams. I received a call from the police station that your son has been arrested. When I came to the police station, I was told Shahzeb had committed suicide in the lock-up.”
Protests against police erupt in the nearby areas of the police station
The family of the diseased is at wounds and is not ready to believe that Shahbaz is no more in their lives. They were demanding justice for the family as well as stringent action against all those involved in the torture of the deceased student. The protesters calmed down only after they saw the SHO and other cops behind the bars.
There is no motive behind the young boy to commit suicide
People, family, friends, and even social media are unable to understand the single reason that had urged Shahbaz to finish himself. How the incident happened when senior cops have claimed that all the police stations, offices of SHOs, and lock-ups are being monitored through CCTV cameras to dampen torture during custody.
The CCPO Abbas Ahsan and SSP Operations Yasir Afridi told in a press conference
“All the staff of the police station has been suspended and the concerned SHO and cops have been arrested and a case lodged against them. An application has been submitted for a judicial inquiry of the case. The CCTV footage of the police station has been collected and will be provided to the judicial commission. Justice will be done in the case.”
Many on social media asked brusquely that instead of eyewash, the evil practice of persecuting innocent people in lock-up, on roads, and during raids should be called off and cops should be cultured about the rights of the common man.