A resident of Muhallah Gulshan Awais, Bahawalpur has alleged that Sama Satta police had killed his son after 25-day torture in police custody.

During a press conference, Islamia University of Bahawalpur’s employee Munawar Ali Bhatti alleged that Station House Officer Mehar Jabbar had arrested his 17-year-old son Rizawa Bhatti, a student of intermediate, and kept him in the police custody for 25 days. During the custody, they beaten badly and then murdered him in a “fake” police shootout, he said.

He added that the SHO also had got a Rs80,000 bribe from him through another person. He noted that his son was innocent and he had no criminal record in any police station. He alleged that the SHO received heavy amount from his opponents as a bribe and killed his son. They demanded that the Punjab chief minister and Punjab police high-ups should conduct investigation into the issue.

He said that he contacted with the DPO of Bahawalpur but to no avail. He said that he, along with his family would establish a protest camp in front of DPO Office and stage demonstration against the incident. He demanded justice and arrest of the police officials allegedly involved in the killing of his son.

Q-launched health project shelved: A period of 10 years has passed but the kidney centre project launched in the Bahawal Victoria Hospital during 2005-06 by then chief minister Pervaiz Elahi is yet to complete as it has been shelved by the present government, it is learnt.

The project was launched at a cost of 214.456 million. Not to speak of turning the developmental funds towards Southern Punjab even the government has stopped the funds for already launched projects, said sources.

So far, a sum of Rs180.30 million has been spent on the project. The machinery purchased for the purpose kidney centre has been gaining rust in the compound of the kidney centre. The government of Punjab at the end of every year releases little funds for the project which could not be spent due to end of financial year and in this way the funds are revoked every year. However in the current fiscal year, in response to Rs18.190 million demanded by the department concerned, the government refused to issue the funds, sources said.