Two Dolphin men suspended for torturing youth in Lahore – Pakistan

LAHORE: Two employees of the Dolphin Squadron were suspended from service for allegedly torturing a young man on the Cavalry Ground bridge in another incident at the hands of the Punjab police in the provincial capital.

The torture was captured by a camera installed on a passing motorcycle. It showed two Dolphin Squad staff members confronting a young man for parking his motorcycle on the side of the road. Later, men could be seen behaving badly and slapping the boy in the video that lasts less than 30 seconds.

Punjab Police Inspector General (IGP) Arif Nawaz Khan realized the incident after the video went viral and ordered the field officers to send him an investigation report. However, Deputy Inspector General (Operations) Ashfaq Khan suspended the officers of the Dolphin 302 team and ordered the Dolphin Bilal Zafar Squad Police Superintendent to conduct an investigation against him. He said strict measures would be taken against police officers involved in behaving badly with citizens.

According to a press release, the young man was making a horse and a case was also registered against him at the Naseerabad police station.

In recent months, Dolphin Squad has invited many public protests after firing at two citizens in just two weeks. In the first incident in May, a woman returning home from a hospital died after a bullet fired by Dolphin Squad officers hit her.

In another incident in the same month, the force shot and wounded a young man in Gulberg, who was returning home after buying medicine. The officials, instead of providing first aid to the victim, took him to the police station and subjected him to torture. The officials were seen in a video that tortures a merchant on Bund Road.

Last year, a Dolphin team shot and wounded a person with a mental disability in Gulshan-i-Ravi. Officers said they had acted in self-defense since the deceased was carrying a knife and had tried to assault them. The same year, a teenage passerby died when he was caught in an exchange of gunfire between Dolphin staff and suspected thieves on Bund Road.

SP Zafar had introduced refresher courses for Dolphin officials to address the problem, and said the initiative was working, since the number of complaints against the squad had drastically decreased.

FOUND DEAD: A domestic help was found dead under mysterious circumstances in Defense on Sunday.

Police said Khalida, 30, of Okara was staying with her husband, Ali Gohar, who was a cook in a house in H Block, Defense. The woman was found unconscious by her husband in the morning in her room. She was taken to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The police changed the body to the morgue for autopsy.

The investigation officer said Khalida was not well and called Lahore for treatment. The cause of his death would be determined after an autopsy.

Posted on Dawn, September 16, 2019



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