Pakistan: Sound system vendor arrested on charges of possessing illegal weapon ahead of PDM rally in Lahore
Lahore: A sound engineer, who was hired for the Pakistan Democratic Movement's (PDM) Dec 13 rally in Lahore, was arrested on the charges of possessing an illegal weapon and interference in official work, media reports said.
However, a Lahore court on Thursday granted bail to sound system provider DJ Butt.
During the hearing, Butt's lawyer argued that the case against him was "political" and he was arrested because of the PDM's Dec 13 rally, reports Dawn News.
"All sections in the case constitute bailable offences," his counsel said, adding that the arrest was a "very sensitive matter".
"The case has also been covered in the media and it is false and baseless," he was quoted as saying by Dawn News.
The court rejected the request for remand and approved Butt's release on bail after furnishing bonds of Rs 50,000.
Speaking outside the court, Butt was quoted as saying by Dawn News that he was a "tiger" of Prime Minister Imran Khan in the past and would remain so in the future.
He decried "police torture" and said he was sleeping when the "police dragged me outside and strangled me".
"My entire body is injured," he said.
"I was wronged more this time than I was the last time. They tortured me previously as well but they also cursed me, insulted my mother and sisters, I cannot bear that," he said.
"My mother is old, what is her condition right now?" he asked.