The three policemen of Preedy police, who were arrested in connection with the escape of three under-trial prisoners from the premises of the Anti-Terrorism Courts on July 11, were sent to jail on judicial remand on Tuesday.
Hatim Aziz Solangi, a judicial magistrate in district south, sent the policemen - Shakirullah, Muhammad Saeed and Munir Ayub - to jail after they were presented before the court.
The prisoners, Muhammad Zubair, Ammar Hafeez and Arsalan Shahnawaz, were being transported to ATC from the Karachi Central Prison for their case hearing. After the court’s proceedings, they were brought back to the lock-up inside the ATC complex where they managed to unlock their handcuffs, remove the metal bars of a ventilation window in the lock-up’s toilet and escape.
During the Karachi law and order suo motu hearing on Monday, the three-member bench took serious notice of under-trial prisoners escaping from courts, especially the ATC.
The Prisons IG has been summoned for the hearing today [Wednesday] to explain why security at the ATC was not enhanced even after SC’s monitoring judge for ATC, Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, had pointed it out.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 17th, 2013.