LAHORE - The Lahore High Court on Monday observed that there was no difference between police and criminals as both were killing people.
Justice Manzoor Ahmad Malik issued these observations when Faisalabad Regional Police Officer told the court that a missing man might have killed in police custody, however, his body was yet to be recovered.
The RPO Javed Islam stated this while submitting a report on a habeas corpus petition moved by Ms Nighat Bano for the recovery of her missing husband Khwaja Ammar Azeem.
The police officer stated that there were apprehensions that the police personnel involved in the alleged killing had thrown the dead body in Faisalabad canal. He said the department concerned had been requested to close the canal so the body could be retrieved.
The RPO further told the court that police found a body having resemblance with the victim, however, DNA test will be conducted for the identification of the body. He said two weeks were required for the test.
The judge expressed serious dismay over the report and observed there was no difference between police and the criminals as both were killing people. The judge asked the RPO as to how police officers sleep well at night after such cruel acts.
The court directed the RPO to complete the investigation of the case and come up on Sept 20.
Previously, the court was told that SHO concerned and six police personnel had been booked for kidnapping of Azeem.
The SHO and a constable were on remand while four were yet to be arrested. He said all the six had been terminated from service.
Petitioner submitted that police arrested her husband from his factory and never produced him before any court of law. She said footage of a CCTV installed in the factory, showing arrest of Azeem, was also provided to police high ups.
He was an employee in a factory of former Punjab opposition leader Raja Riaz. The petitioner said police claimed that her husband escaped the custody and since then his whereabouts were not known to anybody. She alleged that the police might have killed her husband.
Action against 4 SHOs ordered
After more than one hundred applications against police for not complying with court orders, Additional District and Sessions Judge Tariq Mehmood Zargham directed the CCPO to take action against SHOs of four police stations under 155-C Police Order 2002, on Monday.
The judge placed this order against four SHOs of Kahna, Defence, Ravi Road and Factory Area police stations for not complying with the court orders. The Judge expressed dismay over the failure of police to protect the citizen from robbers and dacoits.