RAWALPINDI: Rawalpindi police shot dead former councilor Waheed Anjum for stopping his car a bit farther than the point where he was asked to stop.
According to brother-in-law and eyewitness of the incident Habibur Rehman, ASI Imran of Kallar Syedan police station came close to the stopped car and fired multiple shots from his official AK47 sub-machine gun on the driving side door. The bullets pierced through the door and hit Anjum.
The critically injured victim was rushed to District Headquarters Hospital, but he succumbed to his wounds. People in his hometown came out on the streets to protest against the cold-blooded murder.
Police tried to save their comrades by stating that Anjum instead of stopping his car had rushed and even hit and injured a policeman. The claim proved false. City Police Officer Faisal Rana has suspended all five police officials including two ASIs and three constables for what he termed was a tragic incident.
All five have been booked for murder and an ASI and two constables have been arrested so far.
Rana said police have no right to shoot to kill if a car does not stop at a picket. “Policeman as last resort can fire on the tyres of the car to make it stop,” he said according to a statement.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 30th, 2019.
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