RAHIM YAR KHAN: The latest images published by the Shaikh Zayed Medical School Hospital (SZMCH) confirm that the ATM thief Salahuddin Ayubi was taken to the dead health center.
CCTV images that have gone viral on social media show that Ayubi was taken to the hospital on a stretcher on Saturday night at 9:48 p.m. The cops took Ayubi in handcuffs to the medical room where doctors declared him dead.
Subsequently, the images show that the police took his body to the autopsy building. Later, after 3 am, Ayubi's body was taken back to the emergency X-ray block and the process was completed.
The SZMCH focal person, Rana Ilyas Ahmed, confirmed that the hospital administration had published the images.
A resident of Gujranwala, the suspect was arrested in Rahim Yar Khan when he was caught stealing from an ATM and was reported dead the next day. Police recorded a murder case against SHO Mehmoodul Hassan of the city's Division A and investigative officers, Deputy Inspector Shafaat Ali and Assistant Assistant Inspector Matloob Hussain, on the complaint of Ayubi's father, Afzaal.
Afzaal alleged Wednesday that his son was subjected to brutal torture by the police. His lawyer, Usama Khawar Ghuman, shared with Dawn the video clip of Ayubi's father in which he said he was not satisfied with the post mortem report. He urged Prime Minister Usman Buzdar and the president of the Supreme Court of Lahore to investigate the case and give exemplary punishment to the police officers involved in the murder.
He also demanded that an investigation be conducted in Lahore because he did not trust Rahim Yar Khan police.
In a related development, Rahim Yar Khan District Police Officer wrote a memo to a session judge and requested that a magistrate conduct a judicial investigation.
Police spokesman Zeeshan Randhawa, in a statement, urged the public not to doubt the sincerity of the police in the follow-up of the case and await the judicial investigation report. He said the officials who were nominated in the FIR had been suspended from the service.
Posted on Dawn, September 5, 2019