Report by Shamim Masih
Seven brick Kiln workers brutally beaten & unlawfully kept in detention
Faisalabad: Local police brutally beaten and kept unlawfully in detention seven Christian kiln workers when they were on the way to their home. Police officials snatched poor workers salary of the week. They were all released on the personal guarantee of the local human rights activist one of them was serving Pakistan Army personnel.
According to the details, on 21st November evening, when seven Christian labourers got their weekly wage and were happily on the way to their home. But their happiness turned into pain when patrolling police officials stopped them and searched them.
Local police officials searched and snatched Rupees 16700/ (around 100 ponds) and beat them severely without any charge against them. Allah Rakha, 47, father of Asif 25 and Khurram 17 along with four other co-villagers Sittar Masih 38, and his son Naeem 25 (serving Army personnel), Tariq Masih and Nadeem have been working at Allah Towaqal Bricks Company, Adha Sukhaira, Sumandri. Allaha Rakha told that they were on the way to home on Rickshaw, police officials including ASI Barkat Ali ASI Allah Dita and Constable Mohammad Razaq stopped them and asked their where about.
During their search police found Rupees 16700/- and inquired about the money which they justified. But three police officials started beating them and took them to nearby police station – PS Thrkhani, Sumandri.
After couple of hours, senior police officer asked them to call responsible person from their village for guarantee. Irfan Masih and Riaz Masih local right activist went to police station to rescue their fellow villagers.
Next day, Irfan and Riaz called their attorney Akmal Bhatti and submitted an application to the Central Police Officer (CPO) against police officials’ inhuman behaviour. But he didn’t take any notice to it, than many Christians staged a protest rally against the local police staff and its discriminatory attitude towards religious minority.
Irfan Masih local rights activist said that Senior Superintendent Police (SSP) Malik Shahid ordered to hold inquiry against the police officials involved in this inhuman act. He said that we will fight against this discriminatory behaviour of the police. Christians in Pakistan are facing discriminatory laws and persecution because of their faith, he added.
Allah Rakha, 47, said, that we are hardly making the both ends meet. I have seven children, two daughters and five sons and two of them are working with him at Brick Kilns. Labourers working at Brick kilns are already under bounded labour. They earn small income and hardly manage their livings. Due to low income none of his children has been able to attend the school.