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Angry mob, lawyers torture Lahore riot accused
By Tariq Butt June 20, 2014
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ISLAMABAD: Gullu Butt, the man caught on-camera damaging a number of vehicles outside the Minhaj-ul Quran International (MQI) secretariat in Model Town Lahore three days back, was tortured by lawyers and an angry mob outside a Lahore court on Thursday where he was to be presented.

The handcuffed accused was attacked while he was in the custody of policeman.

After being savagely assaulted by the public, police personnel present on the occasion tried to take control of the situation and transported him to a hospital in a rickshaw.

The scuffle left Butt unconscious. Due to the incident he could not appear before the court.

Butt is stated to be a police informer. Police eventually intervened and removed him from the scene after he fainted and sustained injuries.

A police official said Butt only sustained minor injuries and after provision of medical treatment was shifted to an undisclosed location due to security concerns.

Lawyers said that Butt should have been charged under anti-terror clauses and the bailable charges filed against him were not acceptable.

Butt came into the limelight after he was caught on cameras brazenly damaging several vehicles in the presence of police, during the clashes between Pakistan Awami Tehrik workers and police in Lahore’s Model Town on Tuesday.

The one-man tribunal comprising Lahore High Court (LHC) judge Justice Ali Baqar Najfi started inquiry into Tuesday’s killing of eight persons in clashes between police and the workers of Allama Tahirul Qadri’s Pakistan Awami Tehrik (PAT) and Minhaj-ul Quran International (MQI) in Model Town Lahore.

The district coordination officer of Lahore and the Inspector General Police Punjab will appear before the tribunal. Two women were also included among those dead.

The police registered a dozen of cases involving thousands of accused.

The tribunal made Staff Officer of LHC chief justice its registrar for coordination. The chief justice constituted the tribunal on a request received from Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, who he would resign if held responsible for the incident.

Meanwhile, Hussain Mohiuddin, son of Qadri, was nominated as the main accused by police in the cases registered against thousands of persons.

Qadri is flying into Pakistan Canada on June 23 as per his previous plan. He holds the dual nationality of Canada and is based there for years now.

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