Court seals Model Colony police station

Police hadn’t paid rent for the building since 2001

Arshad Baig December 10, 2017
Sindh Police. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: In a unique case, a senior civil judge of rent control, Jahangir Khan, ordered the sealing of a police station in Karachi on Saturday. The Model Colony police station is to be sealed immediately and the court has directed the station’s DSP and SHO to provide security to the bailiff carrying out the court’s orders. The bailiff will seal each room in the police station with padlocks, the keys of which he will hand over to the owner of the building.

In its remarks, the court told police officials that the amount they have spent on their commute to court was much more than the amount payable as rent of the police station. “The police have been very oppressive,” the judge remarked.

Handing over the building to the owner, 85-year-old Zameeruddin, the court has demanded a report in two days. The 900 square yard building was constructed in 1992, claimed the petitioner. “The rent was fixed at Rs1,000, but the police stopped paying rent in 2001,” he said. He accused the provincial inspector-general of police and East DIG of filing an application in the Sindh High Court (SHC) against him to save a mere Rs1,000. On November 1, the SHC dismissed the police’s application. Model Colony DSP Chaudhry Ashraf and SHO Tehseen Baig were present in court.

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Korangi SSP Noman Siddiqui told Express News that they will obey the court’s orders. The Korangi deputy commissioner has been requested to provide them alternative space but so far no arrangements have been made. We will vacate the police station as soon as we get alternative space, he vowed.


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