On Saturday, two anti-terrorism officials were arrested in Islamabad after a murder suspect was detained.
The relatives and acquaintances of the deceased took the suspect’s body and sat in a sit-in on IJP Road, asking for investigation of the cause of his death and “justice”.
The sit-in caused traffic interruption. After meeting with additional deputy commissioner Islamabad Rana Waqas, the plan was cancelled later in the evening, who promised to conduct a judicial investigation within three months.
The suspect was arrested a few days ago on suspicion of participating in the killing of two policemen near the capital of the Group of 13 countries.
The suspect’s mother told Geographic News Her son willingly surrendered to the police for questioning, and lamented that he had suffered such a fate. “If he is involved in any way, why should he be treated this way? Why not refer the matter to the judge,” she asked.
She vowed to continue to protest until she got an answer.
Other protesters, some of whom were neighbors of the suspect, accused the police of torturing and killing him.
“There were signs of torture on the body,” they said, adding that after being told that he “died from a fever,” they handed the body to them.
They asked the Prime Minister and senior government officials to pay attention to this matter.
ADCG Waqas called the incident “regrettable” in a speech to the protesters’ camp and promised that he will thoroughly investigate the matter.
Later, the police stated that they had filed a lawsuit against the police officers involved in the incident—the CTD station police officer Fayyaz Ranjha and the investigator Shams Akbar—both have been arrested.
According to a police statement, the suspect died due to improper treatment during the intense heat and high fever.