‘Beaten with rods, made to drink filthy water’: Indian High Commission officials claim torture in Pakistan
New Delhi: Almost 12 hours after they were arrested by the local authorities for their alleged involvement in a ‘hit-and-run’ case, Pakistan on Monday evening released the two Indian High Commission officials.
The Pakistani authorities released the officials, identified as Dwimu Brahma and Paul Selvadhas, after India informed Islamabad about their ‘diplomatic immunity’.
The two officials, however, endured intense 12-hour detention.
According to a report by Hindustan Times, the two officials were picked by a group of 15-16 armed men from a petrol pump near the Indian High Commission. They were repeatedly “beaten with rods and wooden sticks and made to drink filthy water”.
The report claims that the two officials were “blindfolded with a rucksack thrown over their heads and handcuffed” and taken to an unknown location which was about 10 minutes from their place of abduction.
The Hindustan Times report, claimed that the two officials were able to walk while adding that “no life-threatening injuries have been detected so far” in their medical examination.
The two Indian High Commission officials were arrested by Pakistani authorities at around 8 am (local time) on Monday from the Embassy Road in G-6 area of the capital after their vehicle allegedly hit a pedestrian.
This incident came two weeks post India expelling two Pakistan High Commission officials on charges of espionage. India had declared Abid Hussain and Muhammad Tahir as ‘persona non grata’ after they were found procuring sensitive documents relating to the movement of Indian Army troops from an Indian national, the government had said.
Following their expulsion, Pakistani agencies started harassing several Indian High Commission officials in Islamabad including charge d’affaires Gaurav Ahluwalia.
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