#JusticeForRehan: Five accused given into police custody

Victim's parents want JIT to interrogate the accused


​ Our Correspondent August 21, 2019
The court ordered the government lawyer to investigate the case before sending the accused on remand. District public prosecutor was ordered to submit the remand papers in the court after the investigation. PHOTO: Reuters

KARACHI: A local court ordered police on Tuesday to free Ayaz Ahmed, one of the accused in the murder case of alleged thief Rehan, 15, as he had already been granted bail. However, five other accused were given to police custody on four-day physical remand.

Petitioner's counsel Advocate Irfan Aziz argued before the Karachi East judicial magistrate that a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) should be formed for the interrogation of accused. Rehan's parents have already submitted requests to the Home Secretary Sindh, IG Police, DG Rangers Sindh and others in this regard. Perpetrators tortured Rehan to death and they made a video of it and uploaded it on social media. A case should be registered against these accused on the charges of kidnapping, murder, etc, Aziz argued.

The counsel further said that the arrested accused brutally killed the innocent child inside the torture cell in their house. Rehan was returning home from his work on Friday but he was killed on the basis of a false accusation. The court was requested to include sections of anti-terror law, and other sections of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) in the case.

Counsels for the accused argued that innocent people have been arrested. FIR doesn't include the names of Shahrukh and Yasin.

Residents of PIB Colony and Malir have been arrested. The police are arresting everyone it wants from the area. The investigation officer, however, failed to present complete investigation report before the court on Tuesday.

The court ordered the government lawyer to investigate the case before sending the accused on remand. District public prosecutor was ordered to submit the remand papers in the court after the investigation.

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According to the district public prosecutor, the police have included section 302 of the PPC due to our pressure. Police registered the case under section 316 which is bailable.

Accused Danial Yousuf, Zubair, Anas, Shariq, Masood and Ayaz Ahmed were presented before the court. Prosecutor maintained that the police say that Rehan came with the intention of theft. He was tortured for being suspected as a thief and as a result he died. The young boy was tortured by 25 to 30 accused instead of six. They used iron and wooden sticks to hit him. It was not an unintentional killing but the accused have brutally tortured Rehan to death on purpose.

Accused Danial stated before the court that Rehan entered the house with two more people with the intention of theft. "Me and area locals caught and beat him up," he said.  The judge expressing its annoyance at him remarked that "who gave you the right to take the law in your hands." Accused Daniyal said that "we beat him up mildly."

The judge remarked "you have taken his life and now you are saying that you beat him up a little."

Accused Zubair stated before the court that we caught the thief and informed the Rangers after beating him up a little. The court inquired from the accused that if police have beaten them up or treated them wrong? The accused replied that we haven't been beaten up by the police.

Prosecutor maintained that this incident comes under cybercrime and terrorism. The weapon of murder has to be recovered and further accused have to be arrested over the indication of arrested accused. Therefore, the physical remand of the accused should be granted. 

Published in The Express Tribune, August 21st, 2019.

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