KP police torture: Protests turn violent, govt seeks judicial inquiry

Peshawar (HRNW)  Protesters gathered around the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly for the second day on Friday demanding justice for a Peshawar man who was beaten and paraded naked for criticizing the provincial police department in a social media post.

Four policemen, identified as Tehkal SHO Shehryar Khan, Phandi IHS Zairullah, Tehkal FC Naeem and Tauseef, have been suspended over the alleged torture.

The protesters were staging a demonstration when an extra contingent of law enforcing officers arrived at the site. The men chanted slogans asking for a fair and transparent trial of the case and some pelted stones at the assembly building. In response, the police shelled them and attacked them with batons to disperse them in a repeat of Thursday’s protest.

The KP home department has written a letter to the chief justice of the Peshawar High Court asking him to form a one-member committee comprising a judge to look into the matter, said Adviser to KP CM Ajmal Wazir in a press briefing.

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