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Probe body declares police’s ‘crossfire’ claim wrong
[DAWN] FAISALABAD: A five-member police inquiry committee has declared as wrong the version of Millat Town police on the killing of two youngsters in Moslem Town here on Aug 8, that the victims were bumped off in "crossfire" at a picket.

Arslan and Usman, both matriculates, were reportedly shot at and injured by police for not stopping their bike at a picket. They died shortly after and the killings sparked nine-hour-long public protest. Police had claimed that the youngsters were killed in "crossfire" with police. A case of a police encounter was registered against the victims.

Following the protest, City Police Officer Ashfaq Ahmad Khan had constituted a committee to probe into the matter that comprised SSP (operations) Sultan Haider (convener), SSP (investigation) Syed Nadeem, Madina Town SP Asif Amin, SP Farhat Abbas (legal) and Nishatabad DSP Qaiser Musthaq.

The committee had recorded the statements of suspects, including Assistant Sub-Inspector Javed Akhtar, Head Constable Asghar Ali, Constable Falak Sher and terminated constable Faisal.

The suspects told the committee that the bikers, Usman and Arslan, were stopped at a picket near Bagh Wali Puli, but they tried to speed away and shot it out with the police.

According to police sources, the suspects neither corroborated their claim, nor produced any weapon allegedly recovered from the victims to prove that they fired at the police.

They said the inquiry committee also mentioned that no criminal record of the victims could be detected.

One of the suspects, police volunteer Waqas is on the lam, while the rest of them are in jug.

The CPO had given the committee 24 hours to conclude the probe. However,
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it failed to meet the deadline as the suspects joined the inquiry proceedings on Saturday after securing their pre-arrest bails.

The Supreme Court had also sought a report from the Punjab
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2.) A province of Pakistain ruled by one of the Sharif brothers
3.) A province of India. It is majority (60 percent) Sikh and Hindoo (37 percent), which means it has relatively few Moslem riots....

inspector general of police regarding the killings, reportedly on a petition filed by a lawyer from Lahore.

A murder case has already been registered against the suspect coppers who were placed under suspension following the nine-hour-long protest against the killings.


Posted by: Fred 2018-08-14
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