The Tarnol police on Thursday released a suspected murderer from detention after the father of the suspect, a stenographer at the CID superintendent of police (SP) office, intervened.
On Wednesday morning, Seventeen-year-old Samawia Arif, a resident of Chistiabad in Tarnol, was allegedly shot dead by Haider Ali.
Ali allegedly barged into her house at just after sehri time on Wednesday and shot her four times while she was praying. At the time, her father and brother had gone to offer prayers at a local mosque.
According to the police, when they returned home, they found Samawia on the floor in a pool of blood. She told her father that the attacker was Haider Ali, the police said.
Tarnol Police Station House Officer Inspector Muhammad Yousaf first claimed that the alleged killer was in police custody and was being interrogated.
When sources confirmed to The Express Tribune that the alleged killer had been released from detention, the SHO was contacted again.
This time, he said that the suspect was in detention but could not be produced in court. However, when asked about reports from sources claiming he had been released, the SHO suddenly changed his statement and said, “The suspect is currently not in police custody and has been released”.
He claimed that the “police cannot detain him unless investigation is complete. That is why he was handed over to his family,” he said.
Another police officer, who requested not be named, said that the alleged killer was taken home by his father. He countered the SHO’s claim, saying, “The police cannot release a suspect without completing investigation or without a court-issued bail order”.
Ali, the son of stenographer Mazhar Hussain, wanted to marry Samawia and reportedly sent a proposal for her hand, but her parents refused, opining that they both were too young.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 25th, 2014.
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