TOBA TEK SINGH

City police arrested two out of 24 labour leaders and activists booked for taking out a procession against traffic police and blocking roads.

Later, Judicial Magistrate Waseem Siraj released on bail both the arrested labour leaders. After their release, National Labour Federation Deputy Secretary Majeed Salik and Rickshaw Drivers Association President Abdul Jabbar Bhuller claimed in a press conference held in Press Club that they were tortured in the police station. They alleged that undue challans were being made by the traffic police and they were forced to pay bribe against which they had staged the demonstration and blocked the roads.

They added, “Traffic police inspector Asif Butt called us for talks but locked us in the judicial lock-up after giving severe beat by SHO Saeed Akhar and inspector Saeed Bhinder.” They stated that a case had been registered by city police against 22 activists and office-bearers of the Rickshaw Drivers Association. They announced that NLF Central President Shamsur Rehman would arrive there to lead a rally against police torture on labour leaders.

When contacted, SHO Saeed Akhat claimed that the accused were arrested for interfering official matters and denied the allegation of torture.