District and Session Judge Muhammad Rasheed Qamar has ordered a judicial inquiry of the killing of a proclaimed offender in, what the police claim was, a shootout in Sahianwala area.
Judicial Magistrate Ashfaq Ahmad has been appointed as the inquiry officer and directed to start recording statements of the officers concerned from July 5.
Muhammad Khalid, a resident of Chak 146 Dawood Wala, had been shot and killed by Sahianwala police on June 24.
Addressing the media after the killing, SSP (Operations) Sadiq Dogar had said Khalid and his three accomplices fled a police picket where they were signalled to stop for a security check. A police team chased them and killed Khalid in a shootout near Pul Barari.
His accomplices managed to escape. None of the policemen were hurt in the shooting.
The SSP said the proclaimed offender was wanted by the police in several robberies and murders including the killings of a constable and a head constable in Balochni police area in 2008.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 2nd, 2012.
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