GUJRANWALA: A court bailiff on Sunday unearthed a police torture cell of and rescued three people who were being illegally detained and tortured there.
The court bailiff had for the recovery of a citizen named Intizar raided a private torture cell operated by Inspector Sarfraz Virk, deployed in Jinnah Road police station in Gujranwala and established in a building opposite to the police station.
During the operation, three people including Intizar were rescued. They were found handcuffed and tied with a cot.
Liquor and other narcotics were also recovered from the vicinity.
The rescued citizens told the raiding team that they were brutally tortured and injured with washing powder dissolved in water.
The court directed for medical examinations of the rescued persons to be conducted and also sought a report in this regard.
Jinnah Road SHO denied awareness about the private torture cell.
Inspector Sarfraz Virk, however, admitted his involvement.
Punjab police have had to face huge criticism for extrajudicial activities involving torture being carried out by police personnel.
In September, eight policemen including a DSP in Vehari were arrested for the torture of a local woman. According to the victim, she was electrocuted and beaten in a torture cell, and later the police officials hanged her on stairs. She was accused of robbery by a landlord when police took her to the torture cell.
Earlier, a suspected ATM robber was killed after being severely tortured by police officers while he was in their custody.