Rangers shooting: Police seek arrest of 4 personnel

Published: June 11, 2011
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Security forces shot dead Shah, 22, on Wednesday, accusing him of robbery. PHOTO: FILE

Security forces shot dead Shah, 22, on Wednesday, accusing him of robbery. PHOTO: FILE

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.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Nadeem Ahmed
    Jun 11, 2011 - 9:14PM

    Rangers is a paramilitary force administered and controlled by armed forces, therefore they should not be handed over to police. Whatever their crime is, they were on duty representing serving officers of armed forces.
    Rangers or Armed Forces should hold an internal investigation, if found guilty they should be court martialled first and sentenced later by Armed Forces courts. Once they are punished and removed from service, then they should be sent to civilan prison to complete their term as civilians.
    I hope Armed forces should stand with their brothers and would not allow civilian jokers to invent their own rules for political reasons.Recommend

  • Haider
    Jun 12, 2011 - 1:28AM

    Rangers have been doing nothing in this city, except for occupying precious buildings. If these eunuchs can’t stop crimes, why should be they allowed to stay in Karachi. Get out Rangers!!!!Recommend

  • raawan
    Jun 12, 2011 - 1:54AM

    This damn brotherhood of yours have made us see this day. Recommend

  • Sonia
    Jun 12, 2011 - 2:02AM

    @Nadeem Ahmad,, How much you need to see more of your military jokers?? Isn’t it enough to teel that they misuse their powere at every level.Recommend

  • Saad
    Jun 12, 2011 - 4:31AM

    There is no such law saving rangers from police and thus these criminals should be promptly handed over to police. The laws of internal inquiry will only come into force when the Commander in Chief of Pakistan that is the President of Pakistan has declared that the country is official at war against another country. Recommend

  • Nadeem Ahmed
    Jun 12, 2011 - 5:20AM

    I didn’t say that those who committed this crime should not be punished. If proven guilty, they must be given harshest possible punishment allowed under law, but there are few things which are going very wrong. First of all, video is a strong evidence but its not admissible without other evidence. There are number of ways to add, delete and change videos according to someones wishes. Therefore a video cannot be a complete and final evidence, unless investigated and approved by experts. Its worst kind of hypocracy and ignorance to base opinion on anything which is not yet proven by experts. If video is such an important evidence, then why most of the Pakistanis don’t believe videos released by Al- Qaida. Secondly showing sympathy to victim is a good sign, but there is more hate towards Khakis than signs of sympathies. Thirdly, why the civilian jokers have jumped into this matter, when armed forces have better judicial system. There are already hundreds of fake police encounter cases collecting dust in civilian courts, why don’t they start from there.Recommend

  • Jun 12, 2011 - 1:30PM

    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)Recommend

  • mussarat
    Jun 13, 2011 - 5:45AM

    @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.

    MussaratRecommend

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