RAWALPINDI – A 24-year-old man, who is suspected to be a drug peddler, sustained multiple head injuries and bone fractures by jumping from a plaza, probably to get away from policemen during a raid.

However, the suspected drug peddler accused police officials and a man, whom he borrowed Rs 3000, of pushing him down from Sohan Plaza, causing fracture to his two arms and leg, besides multiple head injuries.

Police rebuffed the allegations and said that the man was a drug peddler and he jumped himself from the first floor of the plaza to avoid arrest during a raid. Police also recovered 210 grams of Charas from the accused and registered a case against him under section 9-B on Thursday.

According to injured Asim Khan, who is admitted at Benazir Bhutto Hospital in critical condition, he borrowed Rs 3,000 to one of his friends, who later refused to pay back the amount.

“I ask him to pay back the money. But borrower instead of giving back the money called two police officials of police station Sadiqabad and dragged me to the fifth floor of Sohan plaza and pushed me down,” he said.

Station House Officer (SHO) Syed Tahir Kazmi, when approached, rejected the allegations levelled by Asim against police, saying: “Asim is involved in selling Charas in the areas of Dhoke Kala Khan and he jumped from the first floor of plaza when police raided to nab him last night”.

On information of an informer that a drug peddler Asim was selling Charas near Sohan Plaza, a police party comprising ASIs Habib-ur-Rehman and Muntazir Abbas and two constables Shuhaib Iqbal and Imran Nazir, conducted a raid to arrest him.

Seeing police party, Asim threw a black colour plastic shopper containing 210 grams of Charas and entered nearby Sohan Plaza. The police party kept chasing him but the drug peddler reached the first floor of the plaza, jumped down and ran away in a taxi. Later, he went to BBH for medical treatment where he alleged police of throwing him down from the building’s rooftop, Tahir said. A case has been registered against the accused while further investigation was under way, he added.

INP adds: The police allegedly tortured and brutally injured an accused arrested over financial dispute here on Thursday. Family members of the injured youth blamed that he was arrested by Sadiqabad Police over Rs3000 financial dispute a couple of days earlier. They said that the police during interrogation brutally tortured him, breaking his limbs and later threw him from the police truck.

The injured youngster was shifted to Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Hospital Rawalpindi in critical condition. The heirs of the injured youth held protest demonstration against the police and demanded the authorities for bringing the culprits to book.