Rawalpindi: Escaped cop-killer still at large
RAWALPINDI: Saddar Bairooni Police have failed to trace a man facing trial, who escaped from their custody over two weeks ago after gunning down a constable on way to the Adiala Jail from the district courts.
Badar Abbas, 25, was produced before an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on the premises of district courts on April 12 after his arrest by the Attock City Police for alleged involvement in a kidnapping for ransom case.
On way back to the Adiala Jail, he snatched gun from a head constable, Sajid Azeem, began indiscriminate firing and managed to flee as the critically wounded cop collapsed. Azeem died at District Headquarters Hospital the next day.
The police booked Constables Muhammad Asif and Waseem Abbas, who were deputed to guard the undertrial, for negligence of duty. A case against the runaway for killing a policeman was also registered under the Anti-Terrorism Act.
The police sources claimed that the escapee had taken refuge somewhere in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). They, however, said gaining access to the troubled tribal region was very difficult for the police. They said the police had sought help from the FATA authorities to trace and arrest the undertrial but latter had given them a cold shoulder.
The sources said the arrested policemen were also being quizzed about the incident but they had yet to get a clue about their involvement in it.
Investigation Officer (IO) Muhammad Arshad confirmed the runaway’s presence in the FATA but said he didn’t know his exact location. He said a special police team would soon be sent to the region bordering Afghanistan in search of Badar Abbas. He said the police had formally requested the FATA agencies concerned to help them in this respect.