Rangers shooting: Police seek arrest of 4 personnel

Police say request sent to Rangers officials to hand over four remaining personnel.

Express/afp June 11, 2011

KARACHI: Police on Saturday said they were seeking to arrest another four Rangers personnel over the killing of Sarfaraz Shah in Karachi.

Two Rangers personnel, Shahid Zafar and Mohammed Afzal, were on Friday remanded into police custody for five days over the killing which was captured on camera and broadcast repeatedly on television.

"We have sent a request to Rangers officials to hand over four of the remaining soldiers seen in the video," said a senior police investigator on condition of anonymity.

Security forces shot dead Shah, 22, on Wednesday, accusing him of robbery, but his family has demanded justice, insisting he was an innocent student passing the time of day.

Police said they had also taken custody of Afsar Khan, a man in plainclothes who dragged the victim over to the paramilitary soldiers and later filed a criminal case, accusing Shah of robbery.

Another local police official, said taking custody of the four soldiers was essential to an investigation ordered by the government and the Supreme Court.

A section on ‘abuse of power’ has been added to the already lodged First Information Report (FIR) at Boat Basin Police Station.

In case of refusal, Police will consult the court and get the four personnel declared as absconders.

Police may also raid Rangers Headquarters in Karachi to arrest the accused, sources have said.

A Rangers spokesman said he was unaware that police were seeking custody of the other four soldiers who were at the scene.

"I don't know about it, but we'll hand them over if such a request comes our way," spokesman Bilal Farooq said.

Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry on Friday directed the government to remove from their posts Major General Aijaz Chaudhry, Director General Rangers Sindh, and Sindh police chief Fayyaz Leghari.

The victim's brother Salik Shah said the family wanted to see everyone involved face justice.


mussarat | 11 years ago | Reply @Nadeem Ahmed: Come on Mr. Nadeem Ahmed, stop advocating for merciless "state-killers". You say Rangers should not be handed over to the police because they come under the perview of the Armed forces. If Sarfaraz Shah was a culprit he too should have been handed over to the police instead of making "mockery" of Pakistani nation all over the world who was killed in a broad-day light by the custodian of law. Our Rangers have surpassed "Foreign troops" deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan or Iraq who might have not killed any human being in those countries in the barbaric fashion that has sent a very bad message about pakistani law enforcing agencies all over the world.. Sarfaraz Shah should also have been handed over to the concerned police and given chance to face trial instead of killing human being in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan like animals. The shameless Interior Minister of Pakistan should tender resignation forthwith, if he has human heart in his chest. Very sad. Mussarat
Ahmed Rizwan | 11 years ago | Reply Killing of Sarfraz Shah at Karachi Mit Jay-e-Gi Makhlooq To Insaf Karo Gay Munsif Ho To Ab Hashar Utha Kyun Nahein Detay (Faiz)
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