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‘Illegally detained’ woman found in hospital

By Ishaq Tanoli

KARACHI: The head bailiff of the district and sessions court (south) raided a police station and a private hospital on Tuesday and recovered a woman detained at the health facility under police surveillance.

Acting on the directives of the district and sessions court (south), the bailiff asked the SHO of the Darakhshan police station and Sub-Inspector Amanat to appear before Additional District and Sessions Judge (south) Hafeez Usman, currently holding the charge of district and sessions judge, along with relevant record on Wednesday.

On Tuesday morning applicant Qamar-ud-din filed a habeas corpus application under Section 491 of the criminal procedure code in court, stating that his son, Mazhar-ud-din, daughter-in-law Sana and her brother, Adil, were picked up by a police party of the Darakhshan police station from their house on Nov 27.

The applicant contended that the victims were unlawfully detained by the police for the last five days and they demanded Rs100,000 for their release. He prayed to the court for the recovery of the captives.

The court directed the head bailiff to carry out a raid on the police station concerned and recover the victims if found in unlawful detention.

The bailiff told Dawn that on information provided by the applicant he raided a hospital in Clifton and found Mazhar and his wife in the general ward where two policemen were deployed around them.

He said that the staff of the hospital informed him that the police had brought the couple around five days ago for treatment.

The bailiff said that later he raided the Darakhshan police station where he did not find any FIR or an entry in daily diary regarding arrest of Mazhar’s wife. He ordered the release of the victim woman on a personal bond, he added.

However, he stated that the duty officer presented an entry in the daily diary regarding the arrest of Mazhar and said that he was wanted in a robbery case. But the entry was made in the daily diary a couple of hours before the raid, the bailiff said.The third detainee, Adil, was not found at the police station.

The head bailiff will submit his report in court on Wednesday.
Source: Dawn
Date:12/2/2009

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