SHIKARPUR: A local journalist in Sindh’s Shikarpur, who dared to to speak against Dacoits’ rule and increasing lawlessness during Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah’s visit in May, was arrested on fake charges by police.
According to information gathered by the Regional Telegraph, Sultan Rindh, who also works for a private TV channel, was arrested by Shikarpur police on request of a PA of Imtiaz Sheikh, provincial minister and MPA. It is pertinent to mention here that in a report made by former police officer Dr Rizwan, Imtiaz Sheikh was named as the main figure who not only patronized gangs of dacoits, but was also responsible for organized crimes in the area.
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Soon after his arrest, local journalists gathered and staged strong protest after which the SHO of the area released Sultan Rind and promised that after due process of inquiry, he would quash the FIR registered against him.
Talking to his channel after his release, Sultan Rind revealed that soon after his arrest, he was tortured, put inside a police patrol van for harassment purpose. He said after strong protest made by civil society and media personnel in front of the office of SSP Shikarpur, he was released.
He said he had been exposing the growing lawlessness in Shikarpur district where dacoits had made up their No Go areas, and had literally set up their state-type establishments in Kachha areas, where citizens are kept after being abducted for ransom.
The interesting part of this episode has turned out to be a) bill introduced and passed by the Sindh government for protection of journalists, and b) recently approved amendment in police rules which restrains police from arresting anyone merely on the basis of FIR.