Karachi: Mother of eight allegedly killed by policemen
KARACHI: Protesting relatives of a woman brought her body to the Karachi press club on Saturday, alleging that she was killed by the police. Sixty-five year old Sughra Bibi had eight children and lived at Mianwali Colony, Manghopir Road. Her family claimed that the Khawaja Ajmair Nagri Station Investigation Officer (SIO) came to their house with one police mobile unit and two private vehicles with plainclothes personnel. The policemen were drunk and wanted to arrest one family member, Falak Sher, in a fake case of robbing, they said.
According to her relatives, the policemen hit her head with the butts of their guns and she died on the way to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital. They claimed that no post mortem was performed. ASI Atif Khan and ASH MLO Dr Yasmin Qamar were engaged in a discussion over the incident when Daily Times visited the spot. “I don’t know what the problem is with the deceased’s family,” said Qamar to Khan. “I have asked them to allow the postmortem but they are not agreeing.” ASI Khan replied that he was afraid the worked up relatives would riot at the hospital and cause damage.
DIG West Zone Aleem Jaffery refuted claims that the police were to blame. He said that Falak Sher had robbed a citizen identified as Khushnood Ali when he was passing the power house in North Karachi on Friday night. Sher robbed his mobile phones, wrist watch and a little money before fleeing the scene. FIR No. 124/08 was registered by Ali.
According to DIG Jaffery, Sher was traced to Mianwali Colony because Ali followed him after the mugging to his home. The police then conducted the raid and claimed that Sher was a repeat offender. An inquiry team has been formed.