Showing posts with label Crime News. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Crime News. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Karachi gang rape shocks Karachiites

It took the gang rape survivor less than 24 hours to realise that she was better off withdrawing her statement, so badly did the government and police manage the case.
Twenty-something K and her acquaintance S, in her mid-30s, were driving in a blue Suzuki Alto on Khayaban-e-Qasim in DHA Karachi when three to four men in a car rammed into them from the back. The small car dived into a ditch, the women were dragged from the car, abducted and K was gang raped while S was beaten. They were then dumped back at the spot. M, one of K’s friends, took them to hospital from where the case was taken up.
DIG South Iqbal Mehmood confirmed that the medico-legal report stated that rape had indeed taken place. “The report has been reserved for now and will only be released on Tuesday,” he said. S was beaten and needed 17 stitches, added Citizens-Police Liaison Committee chief Ahmed Chinoy. He told The Express Tribune, “Since there was no medico-legal officer (MLO) at Jinnah hospital they were then taken to Services hospital where the MLO examined the girl and also took samples for DNA testing. The initial report does say that she was raped.” Police Surgeon Dr Hamid Parhiyar said K’s clothes have been handed over to the police. DNA samples have been dispatched as well. Dr Sumayan, who carried out the chemical examination, has declined to comment.
K’s friend M registered the First Information Report (FIR) No. 585/10 under Sections 365-A (kidnapping) and 375/34 (gang rape) of the Pakistan Penal Code at Darakshan police station. It states that there were three to four unidentified men who committed the crime. The complaint was, however, withdrawn late Monday night.
At the Darakhshan police station, where the statements were recorded, a veritable media circus had broken out. Not one to be left out, information adviser Sharmila Farooqui arrived and after attempting to speak to K, met the media at about 7:30 pm. Against all internationally adopted procedures, the adviser not only named the rape survivor but went on to express scepticism and describe K as extremely “hyper” and “rude” as she did not want to speak to anyone. “She’ll beat you with a stick if you go meet her!” Farooqui exclaimed.
The adviser told the media that K had said that she would think about giving names and addresses after mulling over them through the night. Amid a rash of questions, Farooqui discussed M’s statement that led to the FIR. M’s statement was automatically assumed to be K’s version of the events, that she went to a “party” and was raped after she emerged from it. “But this is her version,” said Farooqui. She went on to make the judgement that K’s statements had been “contradictory” because her friends had given different statements and locations.
“You will understand it later [after investigations are through],” Farooqui answered to further badgering from the media. “We’ve understood it a little… Uss [her statements] mein jaan nahi he. Thora sa he.”
Farooqui said that K was blaming the police and politicians for inviting the media. “A perfectly normal person would panic with so much media around,” the adviser admitted.
K was not willing to share details of where she lived, the address of the supposed party she had attended and other information. S was also not keen on divulging any details.
Adviser Farooqui and the CPLC’s Chinoy went on to stress that the rumours of a gang operating in DHA were not true. “There is no such thing. It is an individual, isolated case,” Farooqui said. She expressed sympathy for the police. “The bechara DIG has been sitting here for four hours,” she remarked.
Chinoy, who also spoke to K, said, “She was calm. However given the amount of media present, given what happened, she was disturbed and said that she had not been treated fairly [mere sath insaaf nahi hua he].”
While officials admitted that the medico-legal report showed that K had been raped, the prevailing consensus at the police station was that the women were at fault and were ‘blackmailing’ someone by filing the FIR. When asked about K’s profession, DIG Iqbal Mehmood huffily replied, “She says she is a model.” He then went on to disclose personal biological details about her.
At the police station, there appeared to be an effort to portray that the alleged victims were ‘call girls’ and one of them was involved in ‘trafficking women’. Much was made of the “fact” that the women had reportedly attended a party and that one of their statements did not match.
“The victim is not ready to inform the police about the culprits and she is not even answering when the police ask her from where she was returning home at midnight,” said SHO Rana Amjad. “We did not register the case on the complaint of the victim but we lodged the FIR over media pressure.” The women had not spoken to any media personnel and had left the police station while reporters were amassed outside.
The small car, which had been hit by the alleged perpetrators’ car, stood in the parking lot at the police station. Its front and rear ends had received extensive damage and the windshield was smashed.
Speaking to The Express Tribune on the condition of anonymity, a female police surgeon with 15 years of experience, who works with rape survivors admitted at Jinnah hospital, Civil hospital and Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, said: “We keep asking the (alleged) victim questions and slowly take them into confidence in order to get the whole story. Every now and then we revert to the same questions in order to check for continuity… In some cases the woman may be severely traumatised and when questioned by the police may succumb to pressure.” Dr Mubarak Ali, a medico-legal officer at Civil hospital, also said a victim’s story changes if they get scared of the police.
PPI reported, however, that both women came to the police station on Monday at about midnight and informed the police about the case.
According to this report, the police took them to Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK) for medico-legal formalities. CHK MLO Dr Qarrar told PPI that the initial report suggested that the woman was raped.
Clifton SP Tariq Dharejo told The Express Tribune that the DIG was forming a special investigation team to investigate the matter. The mobile phone records are being pulled as well.
with additional input by mahnoor sherazee
Published in The Express Tribune, December 21st, 2010.

Friday, July 2, 2010

SHO Nasirul Hassan , guard killed in attack near German Chowk

SHO Nasirul Hassan
A station house officer (SHO) associated with the Brigade police, and his guard, were gunned down on Thursday night in an incident reported merely yards away from the cops’ station of responsibility.

SHO Nasirul Hassan and and Head Constable Khurram Butt had completed a round of snap checking and were on their way back to the police station when they were attacked, narrated Deputy Inspector-General (DIG)-South Iqbal Mehmood.

Around 10.05pm, however, some armed men riding on motorcycles intercepted their vehicle near German

Chowk — about 200 yards away from the Brigade police station — and opened fire at the two men, before fleeing the scene of crime.

Inspector Hassan and Head Constable Butt were taken to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC), where they were pronounced dead.
Relatives of SHO Nasirul Hassan mourning over his death.

The DIG said told The News that 48-year-old Hassan was one of the officers who had taken part in the Karachi operations during the decade of the 1990s.

Hassan had also conducted an operation against a gang of criminals in Lyari, and had worked under the now-defunct Lyari Task Force, the DIG said.

Mehmood said that more than 240 officers who had taken part in the Karachi operation of the 1990s had been killed so far, but none of their killers could be arrested.

The DIG said that the deceased had received multiple bullet wounds. He said that the assailants had used Kalashnikovs, TT and 9mm pistols.

The inspection of the vehicle of the deceased policemen was telling: about 10 bullets were fired through the front windshield, and a number of others through the side doors.

Inspector Nasirul Hassan, who hailed from Gujrat, left behind a widow and seven children.

In yet another incident of targeted killing, an activist of the banned religious outfit Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP) was gunned down in Khokrapar police limits.

Qari Noor Muhammad, 35, a Peshimam of a mosque, and his friend Muneer, also 35, received bullet wounds when four armed men riding on two motorcycles opened fire at them in Khokrapar No-2 while they were sitting outside the mosque.

After the incident, residents of the area and the police shifted the injured to JPMC, where Qari Noor Muhammad breathed his last.

According to the police, the deceased was an SSP activist, while the murder is believed to be a targeted assasination.

Later on, supporters of the SSP blocked the main road of the area, and ordered shop owners to close their businesses in protest against the killing.

However, the police and personnel of the Rangers rushed to the spot and controlled the situation.(TN)

Friday, September 18, 2009

Over 300 flour sacks seized in Karachi

The secret information Karachi police sought on late Thursday helped them raid and recover over 300 sacks of flour meant to be sold on cheap prices under the Prime Minister Scheme from Mosa Colony area. The flour bags were hoarded in a private godown, a private TV reported.

According to SP Gulberg Town Naveed Khwaja raided a godown located in a house and recovered as many of 300 sacks of flour of 10-kg bag each, while arresting the owner identified as Khizir Hayat. The arrested person claimed to have had close links with a political party while police said they have launched investigation having registered case against him.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Lyari gangster Rehman Dakait killed

By Kamil Arif

KARACHI: Hundreds of Baloch residents of Lyari attended the funeral of legendary gangster Rehman Dakait Monday evening.

Dakait and Aqeel were buried in Mawach Goth and Aurangzeb and Nazeer were laid to rest in Mewa Shah after their funeral prayers were offered at Cheel Chowk's nearby Eidgah, Lyari. Charity pioneer Abdus Sattar Edhi and the Lyari town nazim attended the funeral.

Most of the day Baloch-dominated areas Malir, Gadap and Pak Colony stayed shut and protests sporadically erupted after Dakait and his three accomplices were shot dead Sunday night in Steel Town.

The seemingly invincible Rehman Dakait, whose legend as a Lyari gangster was so strong that the word ‘dacoit’ had become his surname, was shot dead with three of his men in Steel Town Sunday night at Kathore Morr on Link Road. The bodies, which were being kept at the Edhi Morgue at Sohrab Goth, were finally released after a large crowd protested outside the morgue. The protestors, many of who were women, were family and Dakait supporters who arrived in buses and vans in large numbers. A heavy contingent of police was deployed.

The bodies were taken to Lyari via Mauripur in a procession that passed the Lyari Expressway, escorted by the police, to keep traffic flowing smoothly.

After the shooting, the bodies were taken to Jinnah hospital for a post mortem and so far, the only report that has been released is that each of the dead had been shot three or four times. There has been no report on approximately when they were shot, or from what range. The full report on the post mortem is expected later.

No FIR has been lodged yet, confirmed the Steel Town SHO. The police cited this as the reason for not releasing the bodies to their families. However, the bodies were released after a large crowd protested.

SP Chaudhry Aslam confirmed the news of the encounter to the media at Jinnah hospital along with police chief Waseem Ahmed.

Dakait was notorious as Karachi's most feared gangster who ruled a sprawling network of guns and drugs out of the congested neighbourhood. His main rival Arshad Pappu is in jail.

According to CCPO Waseem Ahmed, Rehman Dakait was wanted in more than 100 cases, including the murders of some 80 policemen and the kidnapping and torture of Inspector Nasir Ali. Ahmed added that Dakait had previously been arrested but had escaped. He termed Dakait’s death an achievement for the police and said that the Sindh governor and the Sindh home minister had announced rewards of Rs 1,000,000 each. The sum will be divided among the members of SP Aslam’s party, according to their involvement in the encounter.

He claimed that with Dakait gone, the police will be able to bring law and order to Lyari and create a sense of normalcy for the residents of the town. SAMAA

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Imambargah’s caretaker shot dead in Orangi

A 47-year-old caretaker of an Imambargah was gunned down on Wednesday near his house in Raees Amrohvi Colony, a locality in Section 11½ of Orangi Town.

The Iqbal Market police said that the victim, Imran Ali Bangash, son of Akbar Ali Bangash, was shot dead by two attackers on as many motorcycles at around 11.15am near Riaz More.

They said that the victim, the father of four, was the caretaker of Salman Farsi Imambargah in the locality and worked as a watchman at a chemical factory in Site.

The police said that the victim was going to buy medicines for his ailing wife when he was ambushed.

Tension and panic gripped the locality as enraged people burnt old tyres on the streets and pelted vehicular traffic with stones in protest over the targeted killing.

However, a heavy contingent of police and Rangers rushed to the troubled parts of Orangi Town and brought the situation under control.

Later, the body was shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where sources in the medico-legal section told Dawn that the victim was hit by seven bullets. They said that the victim was also shot to his head from a very close range and the wound proved fatal.

The police registered a case (FIR 226/2009) against unidentified assailants under Sections 302 (premeditated murder) and 34 (common intention) of the Pakistan Penal Code on the complaint of the victim’s brother, Habib.

The police said that they secured five spent bullet casings of a TT pistol from the crime-scene.

Young man shot dead

A 21-year-old man was shot dead and his friend wounded by unidentified attackers near Mateen Complex on the National Highway in the jurisdiction of the Shah Latif police station.

The body and the wounded man were shifted to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre where the deceased and the injured victim were identified as Abdur Rehman, son of Mohammed Jamal, and Shahid Ali, son of Haider Ali, respectively.

Sources at the hospital’s medico-legal section told Dawn that Rehman was hit by three bullets, one each in the chest, head and right ankle. They said that the wounded man was hit by a bullet in the abdomen and was still in a precarious condition.

The police said that both the victims were residents of Ammar Yasir Colony, a locality near Jinnah Square in Malir Colony.

The deceased’s brother, Nauman, told police that Shahid, a worker at a garment factory in Malir Colony, was the friend of his brother who was jobless.

He said that Shahid had arranged a job for his brother in his factory and he took Rehman from their house at around 9am to the factory.

However, the victim’s brother said, the two friends did not reach the factory and later the family was informed of the incident.

Quoting the deceased’s brother, the police said that the young man was not associated with any political or religious party. However, the police said that the wounded man was a supporter of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement.

They said that no case was registered till late as the victim’s family was busy in funeral

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Acid-injected mother wants perpetrator’s arrest

Shagufta, a twenty-four year mother of three innocent boys, wants the person who injected acid into her body after physically molesting her arrested immediately. Recuperating at Burn Centre Karachi, where she has undergone three painful surgeries, Shagufta was lured by the landlord Sahebzada Swati who after molesting her injected acid into her private parts and dumped her at the doorsteps of her house just a short distance away from his own.
Shagufta insisted that accused Sahebzada be arrested immediately talking to head of Madadgar Helpline, Pakistan’s first referral centre for Child and Women victims of violence, Zia Ahmed Awan Advocate and Field Officer Bushra at Burn Centre Karachi. Shagufta, who was transferred from Crisis Centre Hyderabad to Burn Centre Karachi eleven days ago on the instruction of provincial minister for Human Rights Tauqeer Fatima Bhutto is recuperating from three surgeries necessary to save her life. For the time being nothing matters more to Shagufta than the arrest of accused Sahebzada Swati, However, who has not yet been arrested despite the lodging of FIR No. 62/09 at Tando Yusuf Police Station, Hyderabad.
Zia Awan Adv expressing grave concerns at the rising incidents of burns to women throughout the country stressed on the need for maximum sentences prescribed under the law as the only effective deterrence. He also stressed on the need not only on the rehabilitation of the victims and their families but also on measures to bring heinous crimes against women to an end. He demanded registering case against accused Sahebzada under Anti-Terrorism Act and trying him at Anti Terrorist Court.
Statistics of heinous crimes against women paint an ugly picture. So far this year a 103 cases of women suffering severe burns have been reported while the total number of women-burn cases reported since 2001 adds up to 2,125. Of these 2,125 reported cases; Adv Zia says that majority of such cases never get reported in the country, 1,030 happened in Punjab; 903 in Sindh; 159 in NWFP and 33 in Balochistan. Of the 2,125 women reported severely burned 1,255 were married while 870 were unmarried.
According to details Shagufta’s husband Zulfiqar, a laborer, lived on rent in the house of the accused who from the very beginning had roving eyes and bad intentions about her. Zulfiqar left the house and rented another premises nearly in Hyderabad after he came to know about the immoral activities of the accused. However, on the 12th of this month the accused lured Shagufta into his office on the pretext of cleaning his house but instead not only physically molested her but also injected acid into her body and later dumped her unconscious at the door step of her house.
Zulfiqar, Shagufta’s husband, claims that police is protecting the accused which is evident from the fact that SHO and Liaquat, a policeman of Tando Yusuf PS warned the accused on phone that “the media knows about the case” thereby warning him to flee. According to Zulfiqar police is providing protection to the influential accused who sells narcotics, occupies Railway quarters as well as a land grabber who has built half dozen houses on Hindus’ graveyard. (NC Report)

Saturday, July 11, 2009

MURDER OF MINOR GIRL, ATC judge remands policemen to police custody

Administrative Judge Anti-Terrorism Courts Karachi, Justice Faisal Arab of Sindh High Court yesterday remanded two policemen, allegedly involved in kidnap & murder case of three year old girl, to police custody till July 17, 2009.
HC Bashir Ahmed & PC Noor Muhammad were produced before AJ ATCs following transfer of case by Judicial Magistrate, East, Karachi, Malik Akhtar Hussain for trial by AJ ATCs on application of Sindh CM’s Advisor Sharmila Farooqui. She stated accused committed brutal offence & liable to be tried by Anti-Terrorism Court.
According to prosecution, HC Bashir Ahmed & PC Noor Mohammad living in rented house of same locality kidnapped Sana on July 3, 2009 playing near her home in Korangi, Karachi. Her family reported matter to PS Zaman Town.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Underworld assassin held

The Special Investigation Unit (SIU) of the Sindh police has arrested a man associated with the underworld.

The man was identified as Sultan Arain alias Chief. SIU chief SSP Raja Umer Khattab said the arrested person was an assassin by profession and was associated with the Manzar Abbas group of the underworld. Abbas was presently running a dancing and drugs club and also a moneychanger business in South Africa.

“Arain has killed nine people on payment...he received Rs 0.5-1 million for each murder,” said the SSP. “He killed five people in Karachi, while four others in South Africa. “I made a team headed by DSP Ali Raza that arrested him from the Garden area after an encounter. A 9mm pistol was also recovered from his possession,” the SSP Khattab added. The SIU chief said the culprit belongs to Faisalabad. He met Ibrahim Dada, an underworld man in jail, when the Bahadurabad police arrested him in 1994. He then went to South Africa and joined the group of Manzar Abbas, which was operating his underworld gang in South Africa and Karachi. He arrived in the country in 2004 and was arrested again by the FIA when he was leaving the country for South Africa and sent to jail. staff report

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Husband acquitted: Driver handed death penalty in Afreen Baig murder case

Additional District and Sessions Judge South Abdul Razzak on Monday sentenced an accused to death in the murder case of TV artist-turned director Afreen Baig while her husband and the main accused Farooq Mengal was acquitted of the charge of masterminding the murder. The convicted accused Muhammad Bux was the driver of the deceased. The third accused namely Zahida, the housemaid of the deceased and wife of the convicted accused, is still absconding in the case. According to the prosecution, accused Farooq Mengal planned the murder and was issuing instructions from Lahore to the alleged killer couple.

Mirza Ishtiaq Baig, the complainant alleged that Farooq had his wife murdered, as she was about to receive a hefty sum of money from one of her drama serial. The body of the deceased was found with hand tied and marks of torture. Muhammad Bux and Zahida went missing soon after the murder and were seen leaving the house with their luggage. They were arrested from the house of a relative in the Punjab and were brought to Karachi to stand trial. Zahida was bailed out after which she absconded and was declared a proclaimed offender. Announcing the verdict, the ADJ sentenced Muhammad Bux to death while acquitting Mengal. The court also ordered payment of rupees 100,000 as Qisas to the heirs of the deceased and also sentenced him to a seven-year term on charge of robbery.

Monday, June 8, 2009

TTP man with Qaeda link held in Karachi

* Police seize suicide jackets, weapons and other equipment used in terror activities

KARACHI: The Crime Investigation Department (CID) of the Sindh police has arrested an Al Qaeda operative here who is associated with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), and claimed to have seized suicide jackets, weapons and other equipment used in terror activities.

The arrested Taliban was identified as Mohammad Naeem Rehmani, son of Qadir Bux Rehmani and was arrested on June 5 in Lyari Town following intelligence information received by the CID.

CID Additional Inspector General Javed Bukhari while speaking at a press conference said during initial investigation, the arrested person revealed that he and his associates were planning to carry out major terror activities in Karachi, including suicide attacks, and therefore they had stocked a huge cache of weapons and explosives.

Offices of intelligence agencies, top government officials, CID officials and high-profile personalities were among their targets.

The CID official further said that Naeem was associated with TTP chief Baitullah Mehsud. Five suicide jackets containing 60 kilogrammes of explosives, five unprepared suicide jackets, ten hand grenades, two Ak-47 assault rifles, six detonators, ten fuse detonators and 200 bullets were recovered after the arrested men identified various locations where they had hid the weapons.

The arrested terrorist confessed that his group sent its associates to Afghanistan for training. “Several of them are receiving training in Afghanistan,” the official added.

Investigators also revealed that the arrested Taliban had links with Al Qaeda and was working as its operative in Karachi.

He is an expert in making suicide jackets, the official said.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

MARRIAGE REFUSAL Youth kills girl, self

KARACHI: A youth shot dead a teenage girl for rejecting his marriage proposal and later committed suicide by shooting himself to death at Civil Aviation Authority Colony in the jurisdiction of Airport police station, here on Monday morning. SHO Airport police Mehdi Khan told PPI that a 25-year-old Iftikhar shot and injured a 16-year-old girl Aisha when she refused to marry him. She was taken to JPMC where she succumbed to the injuries.
Later, the youth shot him to death at the colony. His body was shifted to JPMC for an autopsy. The youth and the girl were residing in the same area and Iftikhar had given his marriage proposal to Aisha who rejected it. “The family of Aisha had also rejected his marriage proposal which shocked and turned him irate,” the SHO said.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Satish Anand released from captivity after 6 months

KARACHI: Renowned filmmaker and Bollywood actress Juhi Chawala’s uncle, Satish Anand, who was kidnapped some six months ago has been released by the kidnappers after a negotiated ransom amount was paid.

Anand, along with his family and Citizen Police Liaisons Committee (CPLC) chief Sharfuddin Memon arrived in Karachi from Islamabad. He was in the captivity of the kidnappers at the place located at a distance of four to five hours from Bannu, Miranshah.

Anand remains physically and mentally fit and expressed his happiness and peace at being released and meeting his family. “I was in their captivity for such a long time. They could have killed me but they never touched me. They provided me proper accommodation, served good food in a proper manner and frequently held conversations with me in a friendly manner,” said Anand.

He said that the kidnappers threatened him and his family while making a call for ransom. “I was unable to identify any of them as I was blindfolded. I am happy that they did not kill me and also want to say thanks to the officials concerned in this matter,” Anand told investigators a short while after his release. His release was made after the family paid Rs 16 million after prolonged negotiations with the kidnappers, as they demanded Rs 50 million for his release. “I do not think that the family has paid the full amount as it seems that they have paid a lesser ransom amount,” CPLC’s Memon told Daily Times.

He added that the said network of culprits have already been busted with the arrests of retired Major Haroon Rasheed, retired Major Basit and their two companions, Talib and Salman by the law enforcement agencies that placed pressure on the kidnappers to release Anand. “Meanwhile, CPLC has also played a vital role in the negotiations to train Anand’s family how to deal with the kidnappers and also provided them with technical support.

It is a major responsibility when it comes to handling the family members of an abducted person and that too for a long time while negotiations takes place,” Memon added. He said that Anand was kept in a war zone area where the Taliban are fighting with the security forces and this led to the delay in the ransom deal. “For the past six months, the kidnappers called Anand’s family 25 times for negotiations. In these calls, he was allowed to talk to his family for four to five minutes,” Memon said.

It is pertinent to mention here that the culprits who were arrested earlier by law enforcers revealed during investigation that they had kidnapped three other people belonging to Waziristan and had also kept Anand in the War zone area. The key player in the Anand kidnapping case happens to be ex-army Major Haroon Rasheed. The Rawalpindi Motorway police arrested Rasheed along with his associate Talib when they were shifting a local businessman to NWFP. Both kidnappers were handed over to the Rawalpindi CID. Upon Rasheed’s confession, two more people, Basit and Salman were arrested in Karachi. However, sources say that Anand’s release was made using the locals to deal with Ilyas Kashmiri, leader of the arrested persons’ group who is also running a brigade of Harkatul Mujahideen-Al-Islami. Kashmiri is also involved in kidnapping people from across the country to support the militant activists waging Jihad against the security forces. (Daily Times Report)

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Teenage boy murders father

KARACHI: The Special Investigation Unit (SIU) arrested a teenage boy and his two companions accused of killing his own father, who was a police inspector.

Waqas, 17, was arrested from his hometown Vihari while with his cousin, Sarfaraz, and childhood friend, Arshad, were arrested Karachi for assisting Waqas in murdering his father. The culprit confessed to committing the crime, stating that his father neglected him and his mother and remarried again in 2007. A TT pistol that Waqas used to kill his father was also recovered from his possession.

The bullet-riddled body of Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Ghulam Yasin was found from his house within the jurisdiction of Artillery Maidan police station on January 27. At first, the investigation division of the police station concerned investigated the case but was unable to probe the case upon which, it was transferred to SIU. The deceased had three children including the accused Waqas from his first wife who died a natural death in 2002 and a minor baby from his second wife.

In the initial investigation, the police suspected the deceased’s second wife and a hairdresser, who resided with the deceased at his house, of committing the murder. SIU Chief SSP Raja Omer Khattab told Daily Times that the deceased owned property worth more than 110 million rupees in his hometown. The police suspected the deceased’s second wife for committing the crime as it was revealed that the deceased was in an argument with his second wife regarding the matter that he should transfer the property to her name. While they also suspected the hairdresser as he was missing for a week before the incident took place, however, after questioning them and investigating the matter, the police found the two to be innocent.

Interestingly, the hairdresser was forced to confess that he had committed the crime, though he could not produce a murder weapon. SSP Khattab further said that the accused, Waqas, tried to make the incident look like a robbery while giving the impression that his stepmother was involved in the crime. The hairdresser went missing because he had borrowed cash from various people and could not repay the amount to them, SSP Khattab explained. The accused Waqas and his siblings lived with their grandparents. “I took advantage of the dispute going on between my father and Sarfaraz’s family and convinced him to assist me,” Waqas confessed. “I also wanted to get marriage to Sarfaraz’s sister.” “My father always considered me a step-son and never looked after my mother. Therefore, I decided to take revenge,” said Waqas. “We went there, had dinner and then I shot my father when he went to sleep.” (Daily Times Report)

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Fraudster caught at Al Asif Square

The Special Investigation Unit (SIU), in collaboration with an intelligence agency, arrested a man who duped various businessmen and industrialists into giving him millions of rupees by using names of higher authorities.

A SIU handout issued on Friday stated that, Khalid Hussain Solangi, son of Urs Solangi, was arrested when the SIU, along with intelligence officials, raided at a coach, Makka Coach, at Al-Asif Square in the Sohrab Goth area. The statement added that while Solangi was arrested, his two accomplices, Ramzan and Ghulam Mustafa, managed to escape. A TT pistol and drugs were recovered from his possession.

The handout further stated that during the initial course of interrogation, the culprit revealed that he, through a mobile phone, used to dupe various traders, businessmen and industrialists across the country including, Karachi, interior Sindh, Balochistan and Punjab, into giving millions of rupees as donations for earthquake victims, cancer patients and others, by using the names of various prominent personalities including former Inspector General of Police Shoaib Suddle, Brigadiers, Colonels, Generals and politicians.

The culprit further confessed that he was helped in the fraud and that he usually sent his accomplices to pickup the donations from businessmen and industrialists. Solangi used to dispose off the SIM cards after using them to make the calls; he has also been arrested before in Karachi, Raheem Yar Khan, Sukkur and Lahore. Solangi has now gotten into the drug business, as his donation fraud was not doing so well.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Arms supplier arrested from Azizabad Area

KARACHI: A man accused of providing arms and explosives to outlawed outfits has been arrested in Azizabad area.

The accused’s name was included in CID police red book. Sources said Azizabad police had arrested two accused Rizwan and Samiuddin on February 9. They were sent to jail after initial investigations and registration of case.

During investigations, it was revealed that the full name of Rizwan is Qari Rizwan whose name is included in the most wanted red book of 2004 and 2007. CID and other sensitive agencies will further interrogate him.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Woman cries for justice outside court

By Fawad Ali Shah

KARACHI: Hajra lies half conscious outside a local court. Her eyes are wet and her face betrays wrinkles. She is crying for justice because she was mercilessly widowed and the killers of her husband have escaped justice.

Her hair has prematurely turned white, the fatigue of a long journey has torn her black shoes. “They have escaped prison despite court orders,” the middle-aged women, gripping her head with both hands kept yelling. Hajra is one of the hundreds of women who having been pleading cases of their slain husbands, brothers and sons in courts for years. And even after they win and come close to getting justice their enemies manage to escape prisons due to police negligence. This happened to Hajra on Wednesday. Additional District and Sessions Judge Ubaid Hamza rejected the bail before arrest application of the alleged murderers of her husband. “According to the law, in murder cases, police arrest the accused after the rejection of applications of bail before arrest. However, the accused in the murder case of Rahim Khan, my husband, all the three men (Behraman, Bakht Amin and and Abid) escaped from the premises of the court,” Hajra said. According to a police report, her husband was killed on December 30, 2008 within the jurisdiction of Mominabad Police Station. Hajra had lodged an FIR of her husband’s murder in the police station concerned. She accused the police officials of being accomplices of her enemies. Now that the alleged killers of her husband have escaped the court, she fears for her life. “They are free now and will threaten me again to not pursue the case,” she narrates her sorrow ordeal. “Now that they have escaped arrest, they will kill me,” she says, cursing her fate and the police system. “They are not the police, they are dacoits themselves.”

When asked by the scribe, none of the police officials concerned offered any comments, however, the court officials confirmed that the court rejected the bail application of the accused killers. “Where should I seek justice now,” she asked this scribe, adding that the custodians of her life, the police, have turned out to be her enemies. (Daily Times)

Friday, February 13, 2009

Rape victim says his life has been ruined

By M. Waqar Bhatti

Khalil Ahmed, the person who was allegedly abducted by three women from Clifton and subjected to sexual harassment says the incident has not only destroyed his social life but also caused him emotional, physical and monetary harms and losses.

“I am in immense pain, both physically and emotionally. I have lost my job, and have been told to take complete bed rest by doctors. Meanwhile, I have no money to spend on treatment and fulfill other basic needs,” he told The News in an exclusive interview on Wednesday.

Twenty-two-year-old Khalil Ahmed, son of Muhammad Hussain Bux, was reportedly abducted by three women in Clifton and was sexually assaulted for many days while being kept in illegal confinement at an undisclosed location.

The Boating Basin Police registered a case against unidentified women for abduction, illegal confinement and torture but they are still clueless about the culprits while some investigators are also expressing doubts at the events narrated by Ahmed.

For Khalil Ahmed, who belongs to Tehsil Ahmed Pur Sharqia of Bahawalpur, Punjab, skepticism expressed by police officers as well as his friends and relatives is proving to be another dilemma and source of mental torture for him.

“Worst of all, when people say that I’m telling lies as no such incident took place or I’m a male prostitute, it hurts the most. Media persons, police investigators and my acquaintances have so many conspiracy theories that I can’t even think of,” he deplored.

Recalling the course of events on January 27, 2009, Khalil Ahmed says when the women sitting in a Suzuki car near the hotel, where works as waiter in Caf? Al-Hafiz in Clifton, asked him to go along them to see their residence, it was monetary greed which compelled to go with them. “I earn Rs200 as daily wage and get Rs200 commission on the sale of food worth Rs1,000. At that time, I thought I would get another 200 rupees by delivering meals to those women, without knowing that my greed would destroy my entire life,” he said.

According to him, he is married but his wife has not been handed over to him as her Rukhsati has not been carried out yet. “I have been getting signals that this event could also result in end of my marriage even before I could see my wife,” he says.

According to him, doctors have asked him to take complete bed rest for at least six months and avoid indulging in sexual intercourse or he could become impotent for the rest of his life.

“Those three or four days were the filthiest and most abhorrent period of my life and now sex has become a loathsome act for me. My internal and external reproductive organs are still aching even after the passage of nearly two weeks of this incident,” he said.

On the other hand, Medico legal officer Nisar Shah who conducted the clinical examination of the victim at the Civil Hospital Karachi says that the condition of the victim at the time of examination proved his story as he was passing blood with urine while his reproductive organ was also swollen.

“But I doubt this story and it is the responsibility of the police to probe whether he was abducted and kept in illegal confinement or not. Once it is established, the rest is an easy job,” he said.

He, however, said that the chemical examination of victim’s blood and urine samples had not been carried out yet to ascertain whether he was given any tranquilizers and drugs but said these tests could be done at any moment.

Shabir, the owner of the restaurant Caf? Al-Hafiz where Ahmed used to work also doubted his story and said that it was fabricated.

“We have never heard any such thing happening here. He is befooling us and the entire nation just to get famous and earn some money but he would not succeed in his tactics,” he claimed.

On the other hand, the police are still clueless about the culprits who abducted Ahmed but said that they were trying their best to solve the mystery. “He has given us the registration number of the vehicle, which is not complete. He neither sure about the make, model or colour of the vehicle used in the abduction nor about the place where he was taken,” an investigator said on condition of anonymity.

He said that the police had registered a case under sections 342, 243/34 of the PPC and 337 of Qasass and Diyat Ordinance, which relates to abduction, illegal confinement and torture.

Justice (retd) Khawaja Naveed when contacted said there was no special section in the PPC which defines such crime but said police could register a case under the Hudood Ordinance. “It is a form of adultery and the Hudood Ordinance could be the most relevant law to define the nature of the crime. However it is up to the police as to how they take the issue and register a case,” he said. (The News)

Friday, February 6, 2009

8,445 women victimised in country last year: report

KARACHI: In the past nine years, violence against women has seen an increase with more and more Pakistani women being victimised, revealed Lawyers for Human Rights & Legal Aid (LHRHA) President Advocate Zia Awan.

Addressing a press conference at the LHRHA run Madadgar Helpline Trust office, Awan said that data compiled since 2000 showed a sharp increase in the incidents of crime against women in Pakistan with 8,445 reported cases of female victimisation in 2008. According to Madadgar data, 67,706 women abuse cases have been registered between the years 2000 and 2008.

Karachi turned out to be a major hub of anti-women activities with 13,613 cases being registered that included murder, rape, torture, kidnap, karo kari, Hudood, trafficking, Vani Sawara as well as forced marriages between the years 2000 and 2008.

Talking about the arrest of the rapist gang from Clifton, Awan said, “So far thirty six victims have come forward to us against this gang of rapists who were busted by the police recently,” while imploring other victims to come forward.

He said that the number of reported cases is hardly
10 percent of the actual incidents that take place while inviting academics to come forward and investigate whether the numbers had increased because of incidents or whether the media was able to report more due to the freedom and exposure.

Awan asked the United Nations to take notice of the increase in the instances of violence against women saying that though Pakistan is a signatory of CEDAW, a lot has been left in terms of protecting women and safeguarding their rights.

“A major surgery needs to performed in all institutions, be it the judiciary, police and the administration so that the life and right of people especially women in the society can be protected,” said LHRHA president Awan.

Talking about ways to curb crimes against women, Awan said that each province should have a complaint cell to assist victims, as the process of registering an FIR is a cumbersome process. He also said that women police officers should be given the task to deal with cases pertaining to women as well as suggesting the appointment of women ombudsmen.

He also said that the database at Madadgar maintained not only the list of victims but also the abusers and perpetrators of heinous crimes so that they could be identified. Addressing a press conference, Madadgar Helpline Head Tahmeena Naseem Shah said “There is a marked increase in women abuse and the numbers in NWFP and Balochistan are way higher than the numbers in Sindh and Punjab but due to the fear of reporting these incidents, the figures remain low.” Tahmeena also added that Lahore, Gujranwala, Rawalpindi, Multan, Faisalabad and Sialkot proved to be violent cities for women, making Punjab the worst in terms of protecting the rights of women with Sindh following behind closely.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Police arrest man accused of killing grandmother

By Jamil Khan

KARACHI: The police officials of Ibrahim Haideri have arrested a convict who allegedly disappeared after killing his 65-year old maternal grandmother at her house.

According to the police officials, a 65-year old woman identified as Sairah was killed by a dagger commonly used for chopping fish. Her body was found in her house located at Ali Akbar Shah Goth.

The police started an investigation on the directives of Bin Qasim SSP Abdullah Sheikh and found that the last two people who were seen in the deceased’s house were her grandson Ismail and his friend Sultan. Sultan, was a resident of Zaman Town, and depended on the pocket money that his grandmother occasionally gave him. Sairah was killed because she refused to give Sultan, who was unemployed, any money, which aggravated him. Sultan’s accomplice managed to escape but the police hope that they will catch him soon.

Gang arrested: Anti-Violent Crime Cell (AVCC) on a tip off arrested a gang of 11 criminals involved in a number of cases including robberies and kidnapping.

The officials led by DSP Shakeel Awan, raided a safe house located in the Korangi Industrial area on Monday and arrested Ustad Afzal and his accomplices Umer Hayat, Fazal Saeed, Muhammad Shahid, Alam Sher, Saifullah, Misbahuddin, Muhammad Khan, Noor Ali, Gul Muneer and Saleem along with eight pistols, one rifle and one repeater gun.

The police officials said that the ringleader was arrested in 1989 after murdering a Quaidabad Traffic Police Sub-Inspector Nazar Hussain and awarded a death sentence. Later, the sentence was converted into life sentence and the culprit was released from jail in 2004. After serving a fifteen year sentence, he was set free and he formed a gang. The police registered a case and started an investigation.

Child injured: Aerial firing at a wedding ceremony injured a four-year old girl. According to the hospital sources, Malika, four, daughter of Shiraz was injured by a bullet during a wedding ceremony being held in North Nazimabad No 4. It is also mentioned that the area police have yet to take stern action against the miscreants who were openly firing during the wedding ceremony.

Mobile market looted: Over one and half dozen shopkeepers in Orangi Town No 5 lost valuable items including mobile phones, scratch cards and SIMs worth Rs 15 million after a late night robbery on Sunday.

The aggravated shopkeepers staged a demonstration against the lack of security and stopped traffic in the area for a while.

Police sources told Daily Times that robbers using iron-jacks damaged the shutters of 17 shops in the Adnan Mobile Mall located in Orangi No 5 and robbed a large number of cell phones, scratch cards, SIM cards and other related accessories worth Rs 15 million. The shopkeepers found out about the robbery early morning on Monday when they reached the mall and found that their shops had been broken into and all the outlets were empty.

The police, on the behalf of market owner Haji Aslam, registered an FIR No. 419/2008 against unknown robbers and started an investigation on the matter. (Daily Times)