HYDERABAD: The three men and a woman accused in an attempted murder case filed by Yameen Shaikh, the brother of Iqbal Shaikh who was injured before a mob lynched Ghulam Muhammad in Tando Adam, were declared not guilty by a court on Thursday.
The court ordered the B-section police to withdraw the names of the accused, Wali Muhammad Buriro, Faraz Qureshi and RU, and the victim from the FIR. Yameen had filed an FIR in response to an FIR registered by Buriro’s brother Gul Muhammad, in which he had nominated 36 people, including Iqbal, under sections 302, 324, 147 and 149 of the Pakistan Penal Code.
On August 22, 67-year-old Ghulam Mustafa, an elder of the Burriros, was lynched in Tando Adam, Sanghar following a clash between two groups. He was attacked with sticks, knives and axes and died before he could get any medical attention. The residents of Tando Adam’s Joharabad neighbourhood gathered outside the house of a man named Wali Muhammad Burriro, claiming that “immoral activities were going on there”. They padlocked the gate and called the police saying that a man named Faraz and a woman, RU, were inside. Neighbours allege that while Qureshi was locked inside the house, he called five Burriro men for help. One of the men who arrived was Wali Muhammad’s relative Ghulam Mustafa.
Muhammad Saleh Junejo, an eyewitness, told investigators that he saw people with sticks, axes and knives attack the Buriros. He added that the police did nothing to stop the mob.
When Crime Branch DSP Sajjawal Khan Khaki submitted a final report in court, on Monday, the court declared that the investigation was incomplete. After a hearing on Thursday, the court announced that the accused in Yameen’s FIR were not guilty.
DSP Khaki also claimed that three reporters and a cameraman, Ishaq Ali Shaikh, Javed Jogi and Rana Imran Akhtar, were involved in the incident and charged them with attacking the Burriros with the mob. SHO Vijay Kumar told The Express Tribune that the police were conducting raids to arrest them. The cameraman denied any involvement in the case. However, in a statement to the police, an eyewitness claimed that the journalists were among the people who attacked Ghulam Muhammad.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 28th, 2012.
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