6 Police Officers In Pakistan Arrested, Charged With Murder After Allegedly Beating Christian Teen to Death

Six police officers in Pakistan have been arrested and charged with murder after they allegedly beat to death a Pakistani Christian teenager earlier this month, according to human rights advocates.

The London-based charity British Pakistani Christian Association reported that the six officers accused of killing 17-year-old Arslan Masih in the town of Sheikhupura in the Punjab province of Pakistan have been charged under sections 148, 149 and 302 of the Pakistani penal code.

Masih, who was a student at Ideal Science Academy, reportedly got into a fight with a Muslim bully when the bully pressured him to convert to Islam. According to BPCA, Masih won the fight. However, the Muslim bully’s uncle was a local police officer.

BPCA reports that on Oct. 9, the boy’s uncle, Constable Sardar Bilu, went to Masih’s school with five of his colleagues and confronted the teen. Although Masih apologized for fighting the man’s nephew, his apology did not suffice.

The police officers demanded that Masih leave the school and go with them to the police station. Although a teacher tried to intervene to protect Masih, the officers allegedly abused and slapped the teacher. After Masih tried to stop the officers from beating the teacher, he became the focus of the assault.

According to BPCA, Masih was beaten with lathis and pistol whipped in front of his classmates. After the police officers dropped Masih’s body on the side of the road, the unconscious Masih was taken to a medical clinic where he was announced dead on arrival.

“Arslan was attending classes at the Ideal Science Academy when Head Constable Imtiaz, driver Rashid, Constable Arshad and other unidentified policemen kicked open the door and dragged him out of the classroom,” Mushtaq Masih, Arslan’s father, told BPCA. “Sardar, alias Bilu, a police constable, helped them to identify the boy. The band of police officers started beating Arslan with fists, kicks and rifle butts and Arslan was in visible pain and was screaming for the men to stop.”

“PC Rashid struck Arslan’s head with a pistol which created a bleed,” the father added. “When they bundled him into the police van, Arslan collapsed and died. Later the police team threw Arslan’s body on the roadside and fled.”

Bilu and his colleagues were charged with aggravated murder, rioting with deadly weapons and unlawful assembly, BPCA reported.

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Samuel Smith