Salahuddin ATM robber or ATM thief Murder case caught massive attention in Pakistan these days. Salahuddin belonged to Gujranwala, Punjab Pakistan. The death of Salahuddin in Punjab Police’s custody raised many questions marks on Punjab Police and their brutality once again. But first, we should know the complete background and incidents happened in Salahuddin murder case.
Last week a video became viral on social media in which A man name Salahuddin, known as ATM robber or ATM thief stripped off the ATM machine cover and took out an ATM card. It seems that he didn’t take any money from the ATM machine but only a single ATM card. The interesting thing in that video was that alleged ATM robber Salahuddin stuck his tongue into security camera installed inside ATM booth. The video was recorded in Faisalabad in April 2019.
The arrest of Salahuddin ATM
After his video got viral on social media, people called him “funny ATM robber or Funny ATM thief” because of the funny faces he made to the security cameras. Here is the video of Funny ATM thief and how media is challenging the police. Electronic media and news channel highlighted the alleged robbery and made it viral. The media was challenging Punjab Police to arrest Salahuddin ATM robber.
Punjab Police as expected took action after media reporting and Arrest this viral ATM robber from Bahawalpur. Bahawalpur police stated in the first instant that Salahuddin is unable to speak because of disability but later on Police reverted back from the statement above. They explored that he can speak and was pretending to be disabled from speaking. In the Videos came out later after his death, Police seem to interrogate him and he is asking them not to beat him. In a video recorded before his death, He was asking the police “Where did you learn how to kill people?”. Here is that sad video before Salahuddin’s death.
How Salahuddin ATM robber (Alleged) died?
At the very next day, Bahawalpur police reported that alleged ATM robber died due to heart attack in Police custody. Even in the postmortem report, the cause of death was mentioned as a heart attack. Postmortem report showed no evidence of torture on Salahuddin’s body.
But his brother told media, that Salahuddin was not any ATM robber but a mentally retarded person. He said we stamped his name, address and phone number on his arm because of his mental condition. So that if someone may find our brother then he can bring him to us easily. He also shared some photos of his Salahuddin’s body captured at the time of final bath before his funeral. The pictures clearly showing the marks of torture on his dead body. Those photos strummed a wave of anger in the public against Punjab Police. However regional police officer ( RPO) Bahawalpur denied the authenticity of those pictures and said: “Salahuddin was never tortured by police during his interrogation”.
How Public Reacted
Several videos of Salahuddin are circulating on social media. All those videos of Salahuddin the alleged ATM thief were captured during police interrogation. In some videos he seems scarred as police tortured him, begging for water and police asking him to growl like a dog if he wants water. The public seems angry on Punjab Police and called it another extra-judicial murder by Punjab Police. After the social media campaign for “Justice for Salahuddin,” Cheif minister Punjab ordered an inquiry against Station head officer of Bahawalpur police station and his three other colleagues. All 4 police officers are suspended from their job until the final report on the Incident.
But the public doesn’t seem satisfying from these “inquiries and investigation teams” type procedure as they have seen the results of these inquiries enough in the past. Inquiries in other incidents like Sahiwal incident ended without any punishment for any culprit. People of Pakistan are well aware of how Police manipulates the facts and turns them to save their companions. Almost 8 months has been passed to Sahiwal incident and no police officer was executed as guilty in that case in which a whole innocent family was murdered by counter-terrorism Squad Punjab.
Prime Minister Imran Khan in his election campaign promised to bring reforms in Punjab Police within 90 days of his governance. But it is almost one year since he is in power. Not a single step has been taken to correct the spoiled system of Punjab Police. The patience of Public is about to end after seeing after these types of incident every day. We hope that the sacrifice of innocent Salahuddin will lead to a reform in the Culprit system of Punjab Police.