‘ATM thief’ Salahuddin’s father pardons policemen

GUJRANWALA: The father of Salahuddin, the suspected ATM thief who died in police custody, has pardoned the policemen accused of torturing his son to death two months ago.

SHO Mahmoodul Hassan and investigation officers Sub-Inspector Shafaat Ali and Assistant Sub-Inspector Matloob Hussain were accused of killing suspect Salahuddin Ayubi during interrogation.

The Station House Officer (SHO) and two investigation officers of the City-A-Division Police Station were nominated in the murder case of Salahuddin.

Salahuddin’s father, Afzal, forgave the three police personnel at a mosque in Gujranwala, and said that he was doing so for the sake of Al-Mighty Allah. Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) for revenue, Zeeshan Hanif was also present in the mosque when the father pardoned the police officials.

He was reportedly suffering from an illness, and according to police was rushed to a hospital when his condition deteriorated and he died. However, a forensic report confirmed that he was tortured before death.

The provincial government has accepted two out of three demands of Afzal including construction of his village’s road and supply of Sui gas at the earliest.

Salahuddin was arrested when he was recognised by security officials in Rahim Yar Khan in the month of September, after the video of him attempting to steal from the ATM and sticking his tongue out at the CCTV went viral.

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