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Taco eating contestant Dana Hutchings eats his last taco
FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Family members of the man who choked and died during a taco eating competition Tuesday say they are still stunned by the loss.

Mecca Hutchings says her brother, Dana Andrew Hutchings, told her he was going to take part in the competition hours before he died.

"Who would think something like this would happen?" she said Wednesday.

Mecca said it still doesn't seem real. She and her mother Dora are left with only these memories of Dana.

"He told us he was going to a taco eating contest, but we didn't think something like this would happen," Mecca said.

Fresno County sheriff's authorities say Hutchings was taking part in an eating competition at Chukchansi Park when he started choking.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/15/2019 03:17 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6497 views] Top|| File under:

#1  California. Heimlich is a well known technique in non-third world US states.
Posted by: Angairong Flavigum3253 || 08/15/2019 5:30 Comments || Top||

#2  And being California, they probably thought it was part of the act.
Posted by: DooDahMan || 08/15/2019 20:02 Comments || Top||

#3  He's with Mr. Creosote now.
Posted by: charger || 08/15/2019 20:37 Comments || Top||

BREAKING: Epstein Had Multiple Broken Bones In Neck, Common In Homicide By Strangulation, Experts Say
[DailyWire] An autopsy of convicted pedophile and alleged sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein reportedly found that the wealthy financier had multiple broken bones in his neck which deepens the speculation surrounding his death last Saturday.

"Among the bones broken in Epstein’s neck was the hyoid bone, which in men is near the Adam’s apple," The Washington Post reported. "Such breaks can occur in those who hang themselves, particularly if they are older, according to forensics experts and studies on the subject. But they are more common in victims of homicide by strangulation, the experts said."

The New York Post reported on Monday that Epstein "was found hanging in his lower Manhattan jail cell with a bedsheet wrapped around his neck and secured to the top of a bunk bed" and "apparently killed himself by kneeling toward the floor and strangling himself."

The revelation about the broken bones that were found in Epstein's neck followed the revelation on Tuesday night that the two guards who were supposed to be monitoring him fell asleep for three hours and allegedly falsified prison records to cover up their actions.

"People familiar with the autopsy, who spoke on the condition of anonymity due to the sensitive stage of the investigation, said Sampson’s office is seeking additional information on Epstein’s condition in the hours before his death," The Washington Post added. "That could include video evidence of the jail hallways, which may establish whether anyone entered Epstein’s cell during the night he died; results of a toxicology screening to determine if there was any unusual substance in his body; and interviews with guards and inmates who were near his cell."

The New York Post reported on Wednesday that Epstein's last words to his lawyers were "I’ll see you Sunday."

"The convicted pedophile also told his lawyers that the neck injuries he suffered in an earlier incident at the Metropolitan Correctional Center were inflicted by his hulking, ex-cop cellmate, which led the lawyers to request that he be taken off a suicide watch, according to a source familiar with Epstein’s case," The New York Post added.

The source told The New York Post: "What he really wanted to do was get bail so he could cooperate."

The Washington Post further noted that varying studies those who have committed suicide have found that 6-25% of them break the hyoid bone, which is one of the broken bones found in Epstein's neck.

Epstein's suicide came after the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) unsealed more than 2,000 documents in the case on Friday, including affidavits and depositions of key witnesses in a lawsuit against Epstein and socialite Ghislane Maxwell​.

Included in the released documents were multiple high-profile people who are accused of engaging in sex with a woman who claims that she was forced to work for Epstein.

Among those accused by Virginia Roberts Giuffre, 33, are "prominent Democratic politicians ‐ former Sen. George Mitchell and ex-New Mexico governor and Clinton cabinet official Bill Richardson," Fox News reported.
You just can't make this stuff up.
Posted by: anymouse || 08/15/2019 01:45 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6501 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Told youse.

The broken hyoid bone is "more common in victims of homicide by strangulation" than suicide.

Of course.

What an absolute shitshow.
Posted by: Lex || 08/15/2019 1:56 Comments || Top||

#2  if you are reasonably strong and have bones weakened by arthritis or previous trauma it is not hard to fracture the hypoid yourself

on the other hand, unless you do it by accident, you have to be lucid enough to know what you are doing but still desperate enough to do suicide
Posted by: lord garth || 08/15/2019 2:04 Comments || Top||

#3  Epstein was in good health. No diagnosus of arthritis or osteoporosis or anything at all. He was an obsessive fitness nut, worked out daily.

Obviously, the man was strangled while the guards snoozed.
Posted by: Lex || 08/15/2019 2:09 Comments || Top||

#4  24 hour rule.... Better yet, I will wait 48-hours because this sounds too Truthy™ to be disbelieved.
Posted by: magpie || 08/15/2019 2:29 Comments || Top||

#5  "The convicted pedophile also told his lawyers that the neck injuries he suffered in an earlier incident at the Metropolitan Correctional Center were inflicted by his hulking, ex-cop cellmate, which led the lawyers to request that he be taken off a suicide watch, according to a source familiar with Epstein’s case," The New York Post added.

Attempt #1.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/15/2019 2:31 Comments || Top||

#6  Yes Besoeker.

He convinced everyone to get rid of the guy who STOPPED him during his first suicide attempt AND the guards believed he was OK now with his "dangerous cellmate" no longer a threat to him, so nap time.
Posted by: Varmint Splat1454 || 08/15/2019 4:57 Comments || Top||

#7  Hyoid fractures and suicide and murder.
Not impossible to break the hyoid bone during suicide by hanging but improbable according to data from studies.

Posted by: JohnQC || 08/15/2019 7:08 Comments || Top||

#8  The cell was not structurally capable of hanging in a traditional manner. Therefore, his method of "hanging" was a non traditional method.
Posted by: Varmint Splat1454 || 08/15/2019 7:43 Comments || Top||

#9  Assisted suicide then? Probably nothing more to investigate.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/15/2019 7:49 Comments || Top||

#10  Was there ever any doubt ? You could tell me a knife was found in his hands with the blade buried to the hilt in his eye, and I'd still say it was murder.

Look at the man's lifestyle, look at his eyes in the pics. That's not a guy that gives up easy. The only reason that man kills himself is if he's convinced he won't be continuing his old life. He still had his chances. A man like that doesn't take secrets to the grave willingly. He trades them for better deals, and he had some pricey goods to trade.

This was not supposed to happen in a developed nation like the US. The entrenched corruption and zero accountability of the democrat deepState has resulted in a system not very different from comic-book depictions of an evil god-machine run by hedonist egoists.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/15/2019 8:48 Comments || Top||

#11  He had recently met with his legal team and was undoubtedly planning to negotiate a plea deal involving testimony. It worked the last time. It would have worked this time as well.

The sticky wicket would have been his testimony. But 'what difference does it make', he's dead. There simply 'wasn't enough time' to get competent prison guards in there to save him.

Notice how very little we're hearing about these very peculiar events from New York politicians ?

Posted by: Besoeker || 08/15/2019 8:57 Comments || Top||

#12  Suicide is the option of those who are mentally ill.
He was not chronically depressed.

99% sure murdered.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 08/15/2019 9:27 Comments || Top||

#13  Obviously, the man was strangled while the guards snoozed.

You only have the guards' word that they were snoozing
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/15/2019 10:22 Comments || Top||

#14  IMO "Tell H to get me out of here, or I'll sing like a canary" is stupid.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/15/2019 10:25 Comments || Top||

#15  Use truth serum on the "Guards".
Posted by: 3dc || 08/15/2019 10:30 Comments || Top||

#16  Agreed, JohnQC, "snoozed" was an ironic touch.
This one is so obvious, it's comical. Doesn't even rise to the level of intelligent satire.
The only question now is how the order came down.
Posted by: Lex || 08/15/2019 10:47 Comments || Top||

#17  You can speculate all you want by my bet is we'll never hear the truth.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 08/15/2019 11:05 Comments || Top||

#18  I recommend a high level commission and report. We simply must get to the bottom of this.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/15/2019 12:27 Comments || Top||

#19  Agree totally with #17. No matter how many titillating details come out, the whole truth (or even a substantial part of it) will be or already has been completely covered up.
Posted by: Tom || 08/15/2019 12:58 Comments || Top||

#20  Considering the tawdriness surrounding the Epstein case, I'm surprised authorities have not tried to lay off his death due to autoerotic asphyxiation. I guess the train has left the station for that explanation--to complicated (you need things) according to Coroner Talk:

Posted by: JohnQC || 08/15/2019 17:14 Comments || Top||

#21  Was he a 'Gasper'?
Might have just been bored, dies like Robin Williams.
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/15/2019 17:33 Comments || Top||

#22  Or David Carradine.
Posted by: gorb || 08/15/2019 19:43 Comments || Top||

-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
With the wind in her hair and TV cameras pointing at her, Swedish teenager @GretaThunberg began a trans-Atlantic crossing in a racing yacht

Posted by: Fred || 08/15/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6492 views] Top|| File under:

#1  How to Plan Travel Around Hurricane Season
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/15/2019 0:35 Comments || Top||

#2  solar powered yacht so it makes for good virtue signaling

of course the components of this 60 ft vessel were made using fossil energy not magic pixie dust
Posted by: lord garth || 08/15/2019 1:30 Comments || Top||

#3  The yacht has no toilet. I'm sure young Greta doesn't sling her own weight. clever shitty pun Greta only poses for the cameras, while publicists take care of the rest. Her parents are examples of 'the elite' of the Ewww. An actor and an opera singer, who are to be commended from a business pov here.

She was unknown outside of her family and school until she started a climate strike last August. She has been diagnosed with Aspergers and has at various times experienced depression, anxiety and selective mutism. Today, however, she has become the spokesperson for the global climate movement and its most recognizable face.

Her Fridays for Future campaign which incites children to skip school strike on Fridays and take to the streets, obstruct traffic and take the brat tantrum to news lows has now mobilized more than a million students across the globe.

Breitbart's scathing critique.
Also , on shameless exploitation of a mentally challenged child, here.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/15/2019 1:50 Comments || Top||

#4  It's a good sign when this is the left's idea of a charismatic...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/15/2019 8:58 Comments || Top||

#5  She can see the 0.02% of the atmosphere that's co2 allegedly.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 08/15/2019 9:25 Comments || Top||

#6  And she "hears voices." The voices sound like Al Gore, George Soros, Tom Steyer and Bill Nye...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/15/2019 10:11 Comments || Top||

#7  What this story needs is a giant squid attack somewhere in the mid-Atlantic. Release the kraken!
Posted by: SteveS || 08/15/2019 10:12 Comments || Top||

#8  IIRC, she is just a passenger; an exclusive Norwegian Cruise Line package.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 08/15/2019 11:18 Comments || Top||

#9  Do not attack Saint Greta (and of course do not say that she needs a sound spanking) or face death by Twitter.
Posted by: European Conservative || 08/15/2019 12:16 Comments || Top||

#10  Maybe Iran could tow them away if everyone gave them a lot of coverage ? What if they meet any of the cousins/suitors of Illhan along the way ?
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/15/2019 12:30 Comments || Top||

#11  I'm with #7
Posted by: Frank g || 08/15/2019 13:21 Comments || Top||

#12  It's good she's starting a career shilling for gerbil worming... she's never gonna make the Swedish Bikini Team.
Posted by: Mercutio || 08/15/2019 13:40 Comments || Top||

#13  Fun fact, To bring the yacht back to Europe (without Greta), five sailors will be flown in from Europe. The current skipper will fly back to Europe as well.

Had Greta and her father taken flights, that would have been 4 flights total, not 6.

It's not even clear yet how Greta will return to Europe. If she has to take a flight (with her father), the total of flights increases.

It's all BS

Posted by: European Conservative || 08/15/2019 14:14 Comments || Top||

#14  "Greta's father is arrested when he arrives in the US for violation of child labor laws." Heh, virtue signaling could cut both ways.
Posted by: Snavimble Bucket1794 || 08/15/2019 14:31 Comments || Top||

#15  Well, it's quite a stretch to call what she does "working".
Posted by: European Conservative || 08/15/2019 14:38 Comments || Top||

#16  Joan of Ack! looks like an utterly miserable little thing.
Posted by: charger || 08/15/2019 20:34 Comments || Top||

#17  If you are born with a “serious and concerned” look on your face, might as well take it to the bank.
Posted by: Grunter || 08/15/2019 20:53 Comments || Top||

‘Screaming & laughing’: Teen killed by machete-wielding thugs is London’s latest stabbing victim
[RT] A 16-year-old boy has become London’s latest murder victim after he was allegedly chased into a London estate by three attackers and stabbed in the chest and back with a "machete-type knife."

The teenager banged repeatedly on doors shouting: "Help me, help me," in Munster Square, near Regent’s Park, on Monday night, but was turned away after being stabbed with the foot-long blade, the Evening Standard reports.

Neighbours who witnessed the fatal attack described how events apparently unfolded. Rosanara Begum, 55, claimed that the assailants fled the scene "screaming and laughing." While her daughter alleged that one of the young attackers had a "long black machete-type knife."

Naqeeb Khan, 44, claimed that one resident opened the door to the victim then closed it "when they saw he’d been stabbed."
So it’s that kind of neighbourhood. What odds the jolly yoots are Moslem colonists?
His death marks the 90th murder investigation opened by Scotland Yard this year. Fifteen of the capital’s victims have been teenagers, 14 of whom were fatally stabbed.

Scotland Yard released a statement on Tuesday revealing that police were called at 11.10pm in connection with a man having been stabbed in central London.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/15/2019 08:06 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6491 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  Why in non WOT?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/15/2019 10:19 Comments || Top||

#2  Regent's Park is not a bad neighborhood. It adjoins University College London on its east side, fancy neighborhoods on its southern end. This isn't Brixton.

The poison is spreading.
Posted by: Lex || 08/15/2019 10:36 Comments || Top||

#3  The DM's got a nice list of "London teenagers killed so far in 2019" and pictures of the scene, which, notwithstanding the poshness of the hotel across the street, looks pretty project-like.

A migrating magpie. A chirrup.
So, two-tone, just what'd you stir up?
"Whirled peas! Really groovy...
As seen in my movie,
Who's Killing the Greyed Chavs of Europe?"

Posted by: Lumpy Choger8032 || 08/15/2019 23:48 Comments || Top||

Taiwan reads tea leaves, sharply boosts defense budget amid China tension
TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan unveiled its largest defense spending increase in more than a decade on Thursday amid rising military tensions with its giant neighbor China, which considers the self-ruled island its own and has not renounced the use of force against it.

President Tsai Ing-wen’s cabinet signed off on an 8.3% increase in military spending for the year starting January to T$411.3 billion ($13.11 billion), its largest yearly gain since 2008, according to Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics.

China warned in July it was ready for war if there was any move toward Taiwan’s independence and denounced arms sales from the United States to Taiwan, which is among a growing number of flashpoints in the U.S.-China relationship including a trade war and U.S. sanctions.

"To react to the enemy’s threat and to ensure national security, the defense budget continues to grow stably," Taiwan’s defense ministry said in a statement.

The ministry said it will spend more to purchase advanced weapons from overseas and to build a fully volunteer force after decades of conscription.

If approved by lawmakers, which is likely given the ruling Democratic Progressive Party’s control of parliament, it will be the highest since records started in 2001, data from the statistics agency show.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/15/2019 08:20 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6509 views] Top|| File under: Commies

China's military using Avengers as an R&D template.
[Defense One] Weaponizing Biotech: How China’s Military Is Preparing for a ‘New Domain of Warfare’

Under Beijing's civil-military fusion strategy, the PLA is sponsoring research on gene editing, human performance enhancement, and more.

The PLA’s keen interest is reflected in strategic writings and research that argue that advances in biology are contributing to changing the form or character (形态) of conflict. For example:

In 2010’s War for Biological Dominance (制生权战争), Guo Jiwei (郭继卫), a professor with the Third Military Medical University, emphasizes the impact of biology on future warfare.

In 2015, then-president of the Academy of Military Medical Sciences He Fuchu (贺福初) argued that biotechnology will become the new “strategic commanding heights” of national defense, from biomaterials to “brain control” weapons. Maj. Gen. He has since become the vice president of the Academy of Military Sciences, which leads China’s military science enterprise.

Biology is among seven “new domains of warfare” discussed in a 2017 book by Zhang Shibo (张仕波), a retired general and former president of the National Defense University, who concludes: “Modern biotechnology development is gradually showing strong signs characteristic of an offensive capability,” including the possibility that “specific ethnic genetic attacks” (特定种族基因攻击) could be employed.

The 2017 edition of Science of Military Strategy (战略学), a textbook published by the PLA’s National Defense University that is considered to be relatively authoritative, debuted a section about biology as a domain of military struggle, similarly mentioning the potential for new kinds of biological warfare to include “specific ethnic genetic attacks.”
Posted by: 3dc || 08/15/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6507 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  “specific ethnic genetic attacks.”

Kill whitey.
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/15/2019 0:24 Comments || Top||

#2  actually they are into more low tech ways of dealing with opposition

- mass imprisonment
- mass sterilization
- large scale censorship
Posted by: lord garth || 08/15/2019 1:48 Comments || Top||

Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/15/2019 10:52 Comments || Top||

Walmart raises earnings forecast for year after jump in quarterly sales
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. retailer Walmart Inc (WMT.N) reported an estimate-beating jump in second-quarter U.S. comparable sales on Thursday as shoppers boosted purchases at its stores and websites, sending its shares up 5% in premarket trading.

Walmart raised its earnings expectations for the year after recording 20 quarters, or five straight years, of U.S. growth, unmatched by any other retailer.

The prices of some items sold by the retailer have climbed due to tariffs on Chinese imports, but the company is managing that pressure by negotiating with suppliers and sourcing from alternate supply bases, Chief Financial Officer Brett Biggs told Reuters in an interview.

U.S. President Donald Trump raised tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese imports to 25% from 10% earlier this year, a move that has begun pushing up prices of thousands of products including clothing, furniture and electronics.

Posted by: Besoeker || 08/15/2019 08:13 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6508 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ....the company is managing that pressure (Pres. Trump Chinese Tariffs) by negotiating with suppliers and sourcing from alternate supply bases.

Complex polynomial algorithms/logic involved. I may never fully understand it.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/15/2019 8:34 Comments || Top||

#2  Still chinese crap bought from distributors at higher prices.
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/15/2019 10:33 Comments || Top||

#3  So? If they are paying those higher prices, it means that the US government is getting a large percent of that money (10-25 percent, depending) and also means that if the trade war continues (it will) Walmart will grow used to lower profit margins, which is generally a good thing, since the retail industry has been selling cheap crap for dramatic markups for decades. It's also a sign of a generally strong economy that retail is doing well.
Posted by: Vernal Hatrick || 08/15/2019 10:47 Comments || Top||

#4  It's also in no objective way bad for American consumers to become more value conscious. Purveyors of overpriced crap may choose to differ, as is their right. Here's hoping the entertainment industry is hardest hit.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/15/2019 10:57 Comments || Top||

#5  Lower income taxes funded by higher tariffs is an excellent move and the obliviously economically superior choice.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 08/15/2019 15:35 Comments || Top||

Obama Fed Chair Throws Cold Water on Liberals' 'Trump Recession' Hopes
On Wednesday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped more than 700 points and the yield on U.S. 30-year Treasury bonds fell to a record low, sparking fears of an imminent recession. Yet Janet Yellen, former Federal Reserve chairwoman under President Barack Obama, said it is unlikely the U.S. economy is headed into a recession soon.

When asked if the U.S. economy was headed into a recession, she said, "I think the answer is most likely no."
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/15/2019 07:43 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6490 views] Top|| File under:

#1  maybe we will avert a recession but we will likely have several quarters with less than 2% GDP growth

this actually won't be too awful because the US has a labor shortage in many areas
Posted by: lord garth || 08/15/2019 12:15 Comments || Top||

#2  Too soon
Posted by: KBK || 08/15/2019 20:44 Comments || Top||

US markets plummet in their worst day of 2019
[Aljazeera] The Dow tumbles 800 points as investors worry about the global economy, the US-China trade war and Brexit.

Wall Street sold off sharply on Wednesday as recession fears gripped the market after the United States Treasury yield curve temporarily inverted for the first time in 12 years.

All three major US indexes closed down about three percent, with the blue-chip Dow posting its biggest one-day point drop since October after two-year Treasury yields surpassed those of 10-year bonds, which is considered a classic signal of recession.

Dire economic data from China and Germany suggested a faltering global economy, stricken by geopolitical tensions, Brexit woes and the increasingly belligerent US-China trade war.

Germany reported a contraction in second-quarter gross domestic product, and China's industrial growth in July hit a 17-year low.

"It was all negative and not much positive today," said Chuck Carlson, chief executive officer at Horizon Investment Services in Hammond, Indiana in the US. "We're outside of the earnings season and markets are being batted around by news."
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/15/2019 03:07 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6492 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Continued globalism and the sell-out to cheap Chinese labor. What could possibly go wrong ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/15/2019 3:14 Comments || Top||

#2  What could go wrong?
Trump has moved tariffs to Sept to give Xi some relief on Hong Kong instead of crushing them on multiple fronts.
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/15/2019 4:30 Comments || Top||

#3  The timing of Lekima is like... providence ? The left need artificial calamities and atrocities to virtue signal. Trump doesn't need that.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/15/2019 5:08 Comments || Top||

#4  So dow fell on imported problems...

Downside of globalism, the problems of the world's less civilised nations become your problems even if your economy is doing fine.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 08/15/2019 6:07 Comments || Top||

#5  Meh. Yield curve got inverted because Hong Kongers and other nervous Asians are buying dollars. Not a signal of recession. Markets will go up a lot today. Same old roller coaster to shake out the weak money.

Yesterday was a buying opportunity and I loaded up. Patience Grasshopper.
Posted by: Elmosh Cheaque8940 || 08/15/2019 7:36 Comments || Top||

#6  Good point, Elmosh Cheaque8940.

That would explain why President Obama’s Fed chair, Janet Yellen, is not concerned.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/15/2019 10:26 Comments || Top||

Markets fall by 3%: Trump's economic policies FAIL!!! Trump's end is nigh!
Markets rise by 3%: Trump's a Russian agent a crook a racist a white supremacist!!! Trump's end is nigh!
Posted by: Lex || 08/15/2019 10:41 Comments || Top||

#8  A!so known as "August"
Posted by: Frank g || 08/15/2019 11:48 Comments || Top||

#9  Chinese labor isn’t that cheap anymore. Look for a massive exodus out of China in the near future.
Posted by: Fat Bob Javish1936 || 08/15/2019 17:36 Comments || Top||

Police officials allegedly caught burying torture victim
[DAWN] A man allegedly picked up by the police from his place of work two weeks ago was found murdered in the fields of Guliana on the second day of Eidul Azha, leading to the registration of a murder case against a sub-inspector and others on Tuesday.

The accused sub-inspector has been suspended following the registration of the case, but has yet to be arrested.

Saddar Division Superintendent of Police (SP) Rai Mazhar Iqbal told Dawn that no arrests have been made in connection with the murder so far. He claimed the investigation into the case will be carried out "purely on merit" and whoever is found guilty will be treated according to the law. He reiterated: "Investigation will be conducted on merit, merit and purely on merit."

The initial post-mortem report suggests that the victim was tortured.

In his FIR, the victim’s brother, Chehari resident Ghulam Abbas said that on July 27, four people in police uniforms led by a sub-inspector came to his home and the sub-inspector introduced himself as a station house officer.

He said the officials were travelling in four vehicles, one of which was a double-cabin police vehicle.

He said the police entered his home and took him and Sohail Gondal into custody and asked them about the whereabouts of his brother Mohammad Ilyas. Ilyas worked as a tractor driver for Shaukat Ali.

He said they accompanied the police to Shaukat Ali’s home in Mandra at dawn and found Ilyas before he started work. Ilyas was taken into custody by the sub-inspector and driven away in a private car.

Mr Abbas said that when he asked what crime his brother committed, the sub-inspector told him his brother was involved in a car deal. He said that despite their efforts they could not find any information on his brother because the police had taken him to Gujar Khan.

He said that on Tuesday, they were informed that the police had taken Ilyas’ body to the Gujar Khan Tehsil Headquarters Hospital and were preparing to bury him after declaring him an ’unclaimed body’.

He claimed that his brother’s tortured body was left in a deserted area on Guliana Road on Monday night, and Tuesday morning the sub-inspector and other police officials were preparing to bury the body as an unidentified individual.

He said he reached the site where they allegedly planned to bury his brother after he learned of the plan.

Mr Abbas said that when he saw his brother’s body, he found that he had been tortured. He then told police high-ups that his brother was illegally detained and tortured to death by police, after which a murder case was registered against the police officials.

Local residents and the victim’s relatives later blocked the G.T. Road to protest the police’s actions.

Station House Officer Chaudhry Ilyas said he was only posted to his office a couple of days ago, and the victim’s detention and custody was not in the notice of the cop shoppe.

He said the accused sub-inspector may have kept the victim at a personal location, adding that an FIR has been registered against him and unidentified accomplices.

He said the accused official beat feet from the graveyard and raids are being carried out to apprehend him.

Rawalpindi City Police Officer (CPO) Deputy Inspector General of Police Mohammad Faisal Rana took notice of the body found in the jurisdiction of the Gujar Khan cop shoppe whose heirs have claimed the victim died under police violence.

The CPO said that a case may be filed after obtaining a written application from the heirs of the dear departed.

A case was registered under section 302/34 with the Gujar Khan police.

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