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Was ATM thief Salahuddin brought to the hospital dead?

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RAHIM YAR KHAN: Shaikh Zayed Medical College Hospital here has released a video footage manifesting prima facie that ATM thief Salahuddin Ayubi was brought to the hospital dead with manacle on one hand and other dangling from the stretcher.

Critics go haywire observing that: i) the deceased was wearing a different pair of clothes when arrested while brought to the hospital in a new outfit. Was that because the earlier pair of shalwar qameez was soaked in blood and torn-up  due to torture that Police deemed it unfit to take him to hospital in that attire? ii) Why the postmortem was carried out post haste as seen in the video. His body was taken to the relevant building and after a hasty autopsy at 3AM was brought to the emergency block for X-Ray.

Deceased’s father has alleged that Salahuddin died due to third degree torture by the Police and was not satisfied with the autopsy report. He demanded that investigation be carried out in Lahore instead of Rahim Yar Khan under the supervision of CM Punjab and CJ LHC and handout severest punishment to the murderers. On his complaint Police has registered a case against City A-Division SHO Mehmood-ul Hassan and IOs (Sub-Inspector Shafaat Ali and Assistant Sub-Inspector Matloob Hussain).

A relevant piece published earlier: 

RAHIM YAR KHAN: The credit-card thief from Gujranwala who was shot to fame on social media a couple of days ago due to his gesture of sticking-out tongue at ATM’s and booth’s CCTV cameras during stealing a credit-card, died one day after arrest here today in the Police custody.

Though the autopsy results are awaited, it seems that the thief was too fragile to bear the conventional methods of Pakistani Police’s investigation.

Footage of the man (identified as Salahuddin Ayubi from Kamonki district of Gujranwala) went viral a couple of days ago showing him pulling the front screen section of an ATM machine and stealing a card in Faisalabad. During this act of stealing the card he stuck his tongue out at machine’s and booth’s cameras.

On Friday (30th of August, 2019) he entered Habib Bank’s ATM booth located on Shahi Road Rahim Yar Khan. But this time he was caught red-handed by customers who recognized him due to the viral video.

Later he confessed to the Police of breaking into many ATM machines in different cities of Pakistan.  By acting as dumb and lunatic he managed to go scot-free though nabbed thrice in the past. This time, when Police forced him to talk, he told that he had broken into many ATM machines to steal cards in Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Gujrat, Islamabad, Sheikhupura and many other cities. He was booked under sections 411, 427, 454, and 380 of the PPC.

It has further been told that he used to stick a piece of paper in the card-slot forcing the machine to capture the inserted card. After departure of the customer from the booth, Salahuddin Ayubi used to break into the machine and grab the card that he reportedly used to sell for Rs.50,000/-.

After each theft he used to disappear for a considerable period of time. But this time probably the stolen card was not worth selling and thus he had to repeat the act after a day. 

M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.