Karachi: Police told to book trader’s ‘kidnappers’
KARACHI: The additional district and sessions judge, South, Hafeeza Usman, on Wednesday directed the SHO of Defence police station to record the statement of Kamran Tessori’s family and lodge an FIR against those responsible for his alleged kidnapping and detention.
The application, moved by Zaitoon Begum, grandmother of Kamran Khan Tessori, says members of her family are being threatened by the police and alleges that the police kidnapped Kamran on June 15 from Defence and detained him in Jackson police station.
The application adds that Gul Mohammad Lat, stated to be a secretary to the chief minister of Sindh, had allegedly demanded a ransom of Rs30 million for Mr Tessori’s release and asked him to hand over the amount to Iqbal Masaliwala. They threatened to kill Kamran in a fake encounter in case of non-payment of the ransom money, it adds.
The application further says that the family of Kamran Tessori had approached the Jackson police station to lodge an FIR against the accused; however, the police refused to do so.
The applicant requests the court to direct the police station concerned to register an FIR against those persons involved in the kidnapping and detention of Kamran Tessori.
Meanwhile, the town police officers of Saddar, Keamari and Clifton submitted their comments in the Sindh High Court on the Tessori family’s petition alleging kidnapping of Kamran Khan Tessori and harassment of other members of the family.
The officers denied the allegations that any member of the family was kidnapped under their watch or that the family’s residential or business premises were put under surveillance or that they were being harassed. The comments did not deal with the petitioner’s allegation against harassment and extortion by ‘politically motivated’ people for the Tessoris’ links with the previous regime.
The bench comprising Justice Qaiser Iqbal and Khwaja Naveed adjourned further hearing for comments by other respondents, including the home department and the anti-corruption establishment, and extended the court’s protection order till that date. Advocates M. Ashraff Kazi and Habibur Rehman Dashti appeared for petitioner Zaitoon Begum.