On the directives of a districts and sessions court, a case was registered on Tuesday against the former SHO of Sharae Noor Jahan police station for killing a man in exchange for money offered by drug peddlers.
In October last year, SHO Raja Tariq had allegedly killed a young man, Asad. He claimed that the boy had been killed in an exchange of fire with policemen. Asad’s family, however, had a different story to tell. His uncle Laiq Khan had filed a petition in a district and sessions court in Karachi, claiming that Asad was innocent.
The petitioner said that shortly before the incident took place, the law enforcers had arrested two drug peddlers, Abbas and Hameedullah, who had been operating drug dens in Kati Pahari. While behind bars, they had bribed the former SHO and ordered a hit on Asad as he was actively campaigning against the drug dens in the area, Khan claimed. He added that shortly after this, Asad was dragged to the police station where the policemen shot him dead while he was behind bars.
The former SHO, on the other hand, maintained that the Asad was a drug peddler and had been killed in an exchange of fire with the police. “Constable Watan Shah had also been killed in the shootout,” claimed Tariq.
But on Tuesday, the court ordered a case to be registered against Tariq. Subsequently, FIR no. 97/13 was registered at the Sharae Noor Jahan police station.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 6th, 2013.