Karachi: Sheikh Amer Hassan found dead
KARACHI: The bullet–riddled and tortured body of Sheikh Amer Hassan, a renowned designer and former Geo Network director, was found early Saturday morning inside his house in Clifton police jurisdiction. He was apparently brutally tortured, after which four bullets were fired into his head.
The police said that a case was lodged on the complaint of Hassan’s brother Jalal Hassan Sheikh. The victim lived in Sheikh Villa, a building situated in Lane–3, Zamzama Street. His body was found on the mezzanine floor of the building. Hassan was single.
His driver-cum-servant, Tariq, said that he had been working with the deceased for the past many months and lived on the top floor of the building along with another servant. Hassan lived on the ground floor.
On Friday night, Hassan returned from work about 10:30 pm and told Tariq to not stay up because he would return home late from a party. He, however, told Tariq to wake him up around 10 a.m. the following (Saturday) morning because he had an early meeting.
Hassan came home at 3 am and went to sleep. At 10:00 a.m. Saturday, Tariq came to wake him up, and knocked at the door. On failing to get any response, he opened the door which incidentally had not been bolted on the inside. There being a power outage, he could not see clearly.
However, on further search, he found Hassan lying dead under the bed. His hands and feet were tied. Tariq said that he immediately ran outside the house and called Faisal, a close friend of Hassan’s, to inform him about the murder. Faisal immediately reached the house and called the local police who started conducting legal formalities.
The Investigating Officer present at the scene said that while reviewing the scene of the crime, it seemed that three or four criminals were involved, who after barging into the house, had some dispute with the deceased and after overpowering him, tied his hands, legs, and neck with the telephone wire.
Ostensibly, the deceased shouted or resisted whereby the killers stuffed his mouth with a piece of cloth and then shot him four times in the head before fleeing. The officer maintained that during the course of the investigation, it was disclosed that the deceased was going out with a girl. The two had had a fight four days earlier outside Hassan’s house, but the dispute was resolved by friends.
SSP Clifton Town Azad Khan said that the deceased went to a party in Defence on Friday night, and returned home around 3:30 or 4 a.m. Some friends reportedly dropped him off.
SSP Khan further said that nothing was broken or damaged inside Hassan’s room, but the criminals had taken away the victim’s wallet and cellphone. The police collected fingerprints from glasses and other equipment.
The SSP maintained that the criminals had also taken away the empty cartridges of the bullets fired so as not to leave any evidence.
Hassan’s family currently lives in Lahore. After hearing of the murder, his brother, Jalal, came over from Multan to take his body. The post–mortem has been conducted and further investigations are under way.