GUJRAT- A police officer today night murdered a detained prisoner with an axe, later alleging that the man had committed blasphemy.

The 45-year-old Jhang resident Syed Tufail Haider was arrested a day earlier for wounding two people from a locality in Gujrat. According to police authorities, Syed Tufail Haider came to Madina Syedan in Gujrat three days ago to attend a majlis.

During interrogation in jail, Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) Faraz Naveed got into a heated argument with Tufail and struck him on the neck with an axe lying in the room, a blow which resulted in his immediate death.

He later he accused Tufail of uttering derogatory statements against companions of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him), with other police officials saying Tufail was mentally not sound.

Police have arrested ASI Faraz Naveed and taken the axe into custody. The body of the slain prisoner has been sent to a local hospital for a postmortem. Chief Minister of Punjab Shahbaz Sharif has taken notice of Tufail Haider's murder and ordered for a further investigation of the incident.