Police high-handedness?: Non-bailable warrants issued for four policemen in robbery case

Published: December 27, 2013
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Court directs IG to appoint an officer to produce the suspects on December 29. PHOTO: FILE.

Court directs IG to appoint an officer to produce the suspects on December 29. PHOTO: FILE.

KARACHI: A district and sessions court, while dismissing the bail-after-arrest application of two police officials, issued non-bailable (NBWs) warrants for their four alleged accomplices in connection with a robbery case.

Haq Nawaz Baloch, an additional district and sessions court judge in Malir, while dismissing the bail plea of Inspector Khan Muhammad and police constable Banaras, issued NBWs for four policemen – Inspector Arshad, head constable Sadaf Khan, police constable Mushtaq and Mehboob.

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The court also directed the inspector general of police to appoint an officer to make sure the suspects are produced before the court on December 29.

Rahmat Khan had gone to the court against the police officials saying that, on May 26, he and his wife, Mehnaz, were travelling in a rickshaw when the police officials intercepted them. The officials had taken them to the CID Garden office and tortured them, he alleged. They had also demanded money for their safe release, he added.

He had further claimed that the officials took his wife back to his home and robbed their jewellery, adding that then they took her to his sister in-law’s home and took more jewellery and cash. His father, Muhabbat Khan, and brother in-law, Zareen Khan, were also taken into custody, he complained.

On the court’s order, a case, No.138/13, under Section-395 (Punishment for dacoity) and Section-34 (common intension) of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) was registered against the police officials at the Sharafi Goth police station.

Khan has passed away and now Mehnaz is pursuing the case.  Besides the two suspects, Mehnaz told the court that the investigation officer of the case deliberately did not arrest the other suspects saying that they had gone underground and could not be traced. The complainant claimed that the suspects were on duty at the CID office in Garden.

She requested the court to order the IG to direct someone to make the arrests and produce the suspects before the court. The court accepted the application and directed the IG to make sure that the suspects appear before the court.

On the other hand, Mehnaz claimed before a judicial magistrate that the suspects had also robbed them in May 2012. She had registered a case, No. 243/12, under sections 395 and 34 of the PPC at the Sharafi Goth police station against unidentified men at that time.

After seeing the suspects for the second time, Mehnaz claimed that they were the same men who had robbed them earlier. She requested the court to reopen the case. While accepting her request, the court ordered to reopen the case and directed the investigation officer to submit a charge-sheet.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 27th, 2013.

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