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Tral police complex encounter: did torture force slain Amin to snatch cop’s gun?

The family of a youth, who while in custody snatched a policeman’s rifle inside a police complex in Tral and was subsequently killed in an ensuing gunfight says he was tortured after they handed him to armed forces of assurances of his return in three days.

Zahoor Ahmed Malik, brother of slain Amin Malik, alleged that police had raided their house last week but his brother wasn’t present there. “Three days after the police raid, we presented Amin before DySP with a promise that he will be back home within three days,” Zahoor said.

He said that a few days ago, he went to see his brother and was shocked to see his knee and wrist was broken. “My brother told me that he was beaten and tied to a chair after which his wrist and knee were broken,” Zahoor said.

On Wednesday, Zahoor said that they got a call at 4 pm from the police station. “We were told that Amin has snatched the weapon. We took our mother who is a depression patient and is not able to hear properly as she has received bullet injury in the past and has also lost her son in 2019, to persuade Amin to surrender,” Zahoor said

“My mother made several appeals to Amin and told us that she wasn’t able to hear whether he was responding or not.”

Later, Zahoor said that he was told by policemen at police complex Tral that they are persuading his brother. “In the morning, we came to know that he has been killed. The irony is that we were not even allowed to have his last glimpse. His body was taken to an unknown location,” Zahoor said

“The entire incident must be probed impartially.” He said his brother was an active militant who surrendered in 2003. “Since his surrender, he was never called for questioning as he was earning his livelihood by going for daily labour work.”

Amin left behind his wife, two sons aged 14 and 7 years.

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