Police given 4 more days to arrest absconders

Published: September 3, 2010
Screen capture of policemen involved in the Sialkot lynching.

Screen capture of policemen involved in the Sialkot lynching.

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Thursday extended till September 6th the deadline for the arrest of four absconding policemen said to be involved in the lynching of two brothers in Sialkot last month.

During the hearing of the case, of which the apex court had earlier taken suo motu notice, Advocate General Punjab Khawaja Harris informed a three-member bench, headed by the Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and comprising Justice Ghulam Rabbani and Justice Khalilur Rehman Ramday, that the names of police absconders have been put on the Exit Control List (ECL).

However, he said, it appears that some influential high-ups in the police are protecting the absconders. The new District Police Officer (DPO) Sialkot, Bilal Siddique, informed the bench that he is facing difficulty arresting the wanted policemen, adding that some black sheep in the police always tip off the absconders, which include SHO Rana Ilyas. The DPO said, however, that he had requested the RPO for a change of staff at the Saddar police station. The new staff, the DPO told the bench, was requested to consist of policemen that had previously not been posted to the area.

He assured the bench that SHO Rana Ilyas would soon be arrested, just like his predecessor, the previous DPO, was.

The chief justice, however, expressed dissatisfaction with the replies. He noted with displeasure that the incident had occurred on August 15, and the accused had not been arrested despite the passage of close to three weeks. “If the SHO is in Pakistan, why has he not been arrested yet?” questioned the chief justice.

Khawaja Harris, in an attempt to assuage the chief justice’s displeasure, informed the bench that the investigation of the murder case of Bilal, which is linked to the lynching incident, has also been handed over to the Mushtaq Sukhira’s team.

Later, District Police Officer Bilal Siddique requested the bench to give them one week to complete their investigation and to arrest the four absconding policemen. However, the chief justice gave him four days – and asked for them to be produced on the next date of hearing, September 6.

Published in The Express Tribune September 3rd, 2010.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • rammez and raza
    Sep 3, 2010 - 11:10AM

    Please please please please my brothers and sisters protest against this brutal incident in the history of pakistan and it is request to u all that did not stop till crimnals and those who involved in this incident till hangd.Recommend

  • SA
    Sep 3, 2010 - 11:25AM

    What if he’s not found? The mystery will remain unresolved and the boys will somehow be linked up to the murder of bilal.. The police officials are heartless enough to tamper with the autopsy report they can stoop to any extreme. If they evade justice in court, they’ll get in on street.. There are more lynching incidents to follow!!!!Recommend

  • Asad Farooqui
    Sep 3, 2010 - 1:26PM

    Thats how the investigation ends up ABSCONDERS STILL AT LARGE>>> these judges cant handle a minor issue what can we expect for the big sharks that are the real parasites >>> Recommend

  • Sultan Ahmed.
    Sep 3, 2010 - 4:29PM

    Where you will go,
    law has largest hands.

    you should think,
    before the commission of crime.

    What have you done,
    as a DPO, district Police Officer.

    Mother and father of the slain sons
    praying to God for justice,
    have you seen God’s justice
    you will see, wait.Recommend

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