CAIRO: Clashes erupted between local residents and security forces Wednesday dawn outside a police station where a man was allegedly tortured to death few hours after his arrest, eye-witnesses told Youm7 Wednesday.
The residents of al-Awamyia district surrounded the Luxor police station few hours after the man, called Tareq Shabib, 47, was arrested Tuesday evening; the clashes erupted when the residents and his relatives knew that man’s dead body had been transported to Luxor hospital.
The security forces dispersed the protesting residents, firing live bullets in air and tear gas bomb and forcing the residents to run towards the side roads, al-Masryoon reported. The forces cordoned the district following the protest dispersal.
However, a security official at the police station told al-Mogaz that the man died due to heart attack, adding that he was arrested from café found drugs with him.
In April, a 63-year-old lawyer died in Mataryia police station in Cairo; his colleagues said that he had been beaten to death inside the station after being arrested in a protest. Another lawyer, 26, was tortured to death in same police station.
In Delta’s Beheira, a detainee was allegedly tortured to death in Rasheed Police Station. Torture-related accusations inside police stations have been regularly denied by authorities at the Interior Ministry.