Rawalpindi: Capital sees 11 murder cases in February, 14 in January
RAWALPINDI: The number of murder cases is increasing as 25 people were killed in the city in two months –14 in January and 11 in February this year.
The killers go unpunished because of slow pace of police investigation into murder cases. Families of the 14 people killed last month had nominated about 33 suspected attackers in first information reports (FIRs), but the police could arrest only six of them, sources said.
This slow pace of investigation is an emotional drain on the bereaved families. Najma Bibi, whose husband Arshad was shot dead near the Jatli police station on December 25, 2007, said, “I have lost my husband. I have lost hope and the stamina to run between police offices seeking justice. The police have not made any sound effort to arrest the killers despite the fact that I have named them in the FIR.” Bibi broke into tears, saying she worked as a maid in different house from dawn to dusk to scrape a living for her three children. She said the police arrested an accused once but after some days, they let him escape. She said investigation officer Zahid Naeem had told her that police were investigating the case duly. She said she believed that Muhammad Ramzan had killed her husband Arshad.
Ramzan was allegedly involved in the killing of Arshad’s sister Kousar Parveeen, she said, and Arshad was the only witness to this killing. She claimed Ramzan had killed Arshad because he was firm to pursue the case of his sister’s killing. She said she would appeal to the city police office (CPO) to arrest Ramzan.
Investigation Officer Zahid Naeem told Daily Times that Ramzan seemed uninvolved in the murder according to preliminary investigations. He said a case had not been registered against Ramzan because of lack of sufficient evidence and eyewitnesses, adding investigation was underway.
The senior police official said investigation into a murder cases was not an easy job. He said the aggrieved families should cooperate with investigators and high surveillance system had been introduced in the city to bring down the rate of murder cases.
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