Police officers attached to Rubaya sub county headquarters in Kabale district are on the spot for starving suspects and torturing their relatives.
The officers are said to have picked the five suspects on Monday morning and kept them in their cells for three days without food.
They were accused of aiding theft of money from a shop belonging to one Christopher Kyomuhendo, whose son stands at the center of controversy.
Kyomuhendo said that his son would steal money and buy goods from the shops run by the suspects but they never questioned him on the source of the money.
This accusation prompted the arrest of Paison Mutesa, Cephas Ainebyoona, Denis Arinaitwe, Jovan Kabarinda and Christopher Katurebe.
However, relatives to the accused persons are accusing the officers, under the Command of Orest Muhire the officer- in-charge of Rubaya Police Post of venting anger on the relatives who endeavored to deliver food to the suspects.
They add that all attempts to secure Police bond failed when the officers claimed that the suspects were not entitled to bond.
Living Owamani, one of those who were allegedly assaulted says he was slapped thrice by the Officer in Charge of the station who later asked him to leave immediately.
He has reported a case of assault against the officer at Kabale Central Police station Under SD. Reference 61/4/06/2015.
The report has evoked anger among the members of the public who are calling for disciplinary action against the officers.
The suspects were later released upon the intervention of the LCIII Chairperson Enock Kazooba.
Over 30 residents in the area have petitioned the Kigezi Regional Police headquarters seeking action against the said officers.
Bosco Ndyahisahe, the LCII Chairperson for Mugandu Parish in Rubaya Sub County says that the Police officers have been keeping suspects in cells for more than 48 hours in addition to deliberately denying them police bond despite presenting substantial sureties.
Orest Muhire, the Officer at the helm of the controversy has declined to comment on the matter.
Stephen Wako the head of the Professional Standards Unit of Police in the Kigezi Region says that his office has received the complaints and investigations are underway.