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.