Man killed in DSP’s office

Investigation suggests suspect wanted to avenge murder of friend

Adeel Chaudhry May 09, 2023


A man who had been allegedly under life threat and who had gone to the office of the DSP of Chichawatani to report the matter was shot to death.

Rana Azeem Shahnawaz Khan, a resident of Chak No. 106 Bara L, had applied to the office of the DSP of Chichawatani that his opponents had been threatening him of serious consequences if he went ahead with the harvesting of wheat grown on 10 acres of land.

The applicant had been present in the office of DSP Maher Waseem Sial in Tehsil Kachhari in connection with the investigation into his complaint when suspect Nauman Butt fired at him from the backstreet of the office.

Rana Azeem Shahnawaz Khan was immediately shifted to the THQ Hospital of Chichawatani, but he died of his injuries while the DSP’s driver, Ahad Nawaz Dogar, and some other policemen chased and arrested the suspect while he had been trying to escape.

The late Rana Azeem had been accused of killing his brother-in-law Rana Saeed Khan a year ago due to a domestic dispute.

According to the preliminary investigation, suspect Nauman Butt had been a close friend of Rana Saeed Khan, the deceased brother-in-law of Rana Azim Shahnawaz Khan. He allegedly killed Rana Azeem to avenge his friend’s murder.

Rana Azim Shahnawaz Khan had been released on bail some time ago.

A young passerby, Ahmad, who is the son of a police constable, was also injured by the firing of the suspect.

Meanwhile, the heirs of Rana Azeem Shahnawaz Khan strongly protested against what they alleged “unprofessional conduct of the SHO of the Police Station of Okanwala Bangla, Malik Azhar”, and said that if the police had taken timely legal action against the accused on the application of the deceased, the current unfortunate situation would not have taken place.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 9th, 2023.


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