Protesters surround Rawalpindi police station over ‘torture’, death of 19-year-old – Pakistan


Protesters chanting anti-police slogans over the death of a 19-year-old allegedly in police custody surrounded Gunjmandi police station in Rawalpindi on Monday.

Rehan Anees was taken into police custody on Sunday night at 10pm, his brother, Kamran, told DawnNews.

Kamran added that the police, without a search warrant, had forcefully entered their house and taken his brother into custody.

The deceased’s brother further claimed that the police tortured Rehan all night and this had led to his death.

He alleged that the police had asked Rehan to pay them a certain sum of money. When he refused, the police tortured him and he died, Kamran claimed, adding that his brother had no criminal record.

Following Rehan’s death, residents of the area surrounded Gunjmandi police station and chanted anti-police slogans.

District Superintendent Police Farhan Islam and District Superintendent Police Cant Raja Tefor arrived at the scene shortly after to control the situation. However, the residents demanded the suspension of DSP Islam and Station House Officer Raja Tahir, calling for a case be filed against them.

DSP Tefor told DawnNews that Kamran has requested that a case be filed against those responsible for his brother’s death. He has also asked for a post-mortem examination to be conducted so that the cause of death could be ascertained.

Contradicting Kamran’s statement regarding his brother’s criminal record, DSP Islam told DawnNews that a case was registered against Rehan some time ago at the ANF police station, adding that the 19-year-old had also served jail time.

He said that in Gunjmandi police station, two cases of theft and one regarding possession of illegal weapons were filed against Rehan.

According to him, the police on Sunday night registered a case against Rehan after he was found with five bottles of alcohol.

DSP Islam said that the real cause of death will only come forward after the post-mortem examination.


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