KARACHI: A team of four CID men were caught red-handed extorting money to release a property dealer on Monday.
They had agreed to free property dealer Farooq for Rs120,000, Rs100,000 of which was paid a day earlier. On Monday, they were supposed to get the remaining amount but Farooq had tipped off the Anti-Corruption police who arrived at the spot with a judicial magistrate from Malir.
The CID men fired shots when busted by the anti-corruption team, unleashing panic in the area in front of Bajwa restaurant in the jurisdiction of the airport police station. Residents and people around called 15 and the police and Rangers rushed to the scene. A man named Raja Anwar was reported shot, and the magistrate was hurt as was a passerby in the commotion.
Three of the CID men managed to take off but one of them, ASI Hasan was caught by people and handed over to the police. Other members of the team were said to be SI Shahid Khattak and ASI Syed Rizwan Razi, both posted at the CID headquarters at Garden.
Initially the police were not registering the FIR but as a magistrate was involved they were forced to. SHO Gaffar Gorae said FIR No 360/10 was lodged against the men. The police added that the men used to work under different names such as ASI Altaf Patni and Riaz.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 10th, 2010.
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