RAWALPINDI - The under-trial prisoners (UTPs), their relatives and friends staged a demonstration on Monday against police and jail authorities at temporary judicial lockup in the District Courts after the authorities allegedly refused to provide the UTPs with meal and other edibles brought by their heirs.

All the UTPs were brought at the District Courts temporary lockup from Adyala Jail by the jail authorities in connection with the hearing of different nature of cases in courts.

Police, reportedly, resorted to baton charge on the protestors. However, no injury was reported. The relatives and their friends accused the police of forcing them to pay bribe for delivering food to UTPs. Meanwhile, a senior police office rebuffed the allegations. 

According to sources, the relatives and friends of UTPs had gone berserk against the police and jail authorities when the latter barred the former to deliver food and other daily use items to UTPs.

They chanted slogans against police and jail authorities. The UTPs, who were behind the bars, also agitated and refused to appear before judges hearing cases against them.

Maqsoon Khan, the brother of a UTPs being tried in a robbery case, told the media that police and jail authorities were demanding bribe from the heirs of prisoners in return of providing them food and other daily use items such a clothes or biscuits.

Sensing the sensitivity of the issue, police high-ups, including ASP Civil Lines Circle Haroon Aslam reached the spot and held talks with protestors. He asked the police and jail authorities to allow the heirs of UTPs to give them the things they had brought with them.

Talking to The Nation, the ASP said that keeping in view the security of District Courts, a ban had been imposed on taking shopping bags, sacks or bags inside the court premises. He said that no police official demands bribe from any of relatives or heirs of UTPs.