Islamabad: At least four officials of the the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) have been booked after a 15-year-old boy died in their custody, it emerged on Sunday.
The victim, identified as Hassan Khan, was a resident of Zia Colony in Rawalpindi.
According to reports, Hassan’s family, relative and neighbours protested the killing by blocking traffic on I.J. Principal Road. The protesters demanded a transparent inquiry and strict against the CTD officials.
Initially, the police said he was detained in connection with an attack and killing of two policemen in the limits of Shams Colony but later claimed that he was taken into custody on suspicion of murdering a policeman and injuring two others in G-13, Dawn reported.
Later, the police sources, on condition of anonymity, told Dawn that the boy was picked up by a team of the investigation wing over suspicion.
Following his arrest, the boy had been interrogated by the CIA staff for three days but he was released after being declared innocent. “The ASI and other (CIA) staff also visited the boy’s home and told his mother that he was innocent,” Dawn quoted the sources.
Three days prior to his death, Hassan, along with his mother, was called to the CIA Centre where they were taken into custody by CTD.
The CTD officials released the mother on the following day while they kept the boy in their custody in Bhara Kahu, Islamabad where his condition deteriorated later on Friday.
After some hours, the officials brought a doctor to the CTD lockup who gave him first aid for a head injury. The doctor advised the CTD staff to immediately shift him to a hospital as his life was in danger but they ignored the medical advice, Dawn’s sources revealed.
“Later, the boy died in the lockup, the sources said, adding that another doctor was brought there who declared him dead,” Dawn’s report said.
Earlier, the case had been registered against the station house officer of the CTD police station, the investigation officer and two constables of Bhara Kahu police station under section 322 (punishment for murder without intention).
But when the family and other people held protest, the officers of the police and district administration reached there and agreed to replace section 332 with section 302 (murder) in the FIR, the report added.
In the latest development, the additional deputy commissioner Islamabad (general) and Deputy Inspector General of Police (Operations) Afzal Ahmed Kausar have assured the media and the protesters of independent investigation and justice.
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The MNA Mohsin Dawar and human rights activists have condemned the incident, demanding justice for Hassan Khan.
The age of the deceased boy varies in different new sources