Karachi: Saeedabad shoot-out case suspect remanded
KARACHI: A suspect belonging to the banned Harkatul Mujahideen has been remanded to police custody till October 6 in connection with a police encounter, illegal weapons, and explosive substance cases. Raheemullah (alias Naeem, alias Ali Hasan) was produced before the Administrative Judge (AJ) of the Anti–Terrorism Courts (ATC) in Karachi, Justice Khawaja Naveed Ahmed, by the CID police amid tight security for obtaining his physical remand.
Investigation officer (IO) Sohail Khan submitted that Inspector Malik Sabir Hussain of the CID received a tip-off regarding the presence of Raheemullah, who is involved in terrorism cases, in House 266 Sector 11-A, near the KMC graveyard, Saeedabad, and that he was planning terrorism activities along with his accomplices.
The IO said that the police party raided the house but the suspects present in house fired at the police with intention to kill. After brief shoot–out, he said, Raheemullah was arrested when he was fleeing and a Kalashnikov and grenade was recovered from his possession.
At the same time, he said, three accomplices of Raheeullah’s continued resisting the police. Later, however, one suspect was killed. A blast occurred a while after this, resulting in the demolition of the house.
The police said that they found the body of a man who was identified as Shaukat Afridi, a transporter, and he was detained by the suspects for obtaining Rs50 million as ransom. Afridi was kidnapped by the suspects on May 9 from Clifton.
The IO sought 14 days’ remand of the suspect for interrogation as he is involved in several terrorism cases, including a plot to kill the SSP, Lyari Town, Raja Omer Khatab.
The AJ, however, turned down the IO’s request and remanded the suspect in police custody till October 6. He also directed the police to produce him at the next date of hearing. The AJ directed IO to not mistreat the suspect. The latter, however, did not complain of mistreatment.
The CID police have registered a case against the suspect under Section 353 and 324 of the PPC, Sections 3 and 4 of the Explosive Substances Act, and Section 7 of the Anti– Terrorism Act. Two separate cases of illegal weapons and explosive substance act were also registered against him.
Three policemen, including DSP Osman Asghar, Wajid Ali, and Mehmood Khan were injured in the shot-out. According to the CID, three Russian-made hand grenades, two remote control explosive devices, two bell switches, two circuit switches, eight home-made detonators, two detonators, five fan condensers, 10 kilograms of explosive substance including aluminum powder with nails, ball bearings, one bomb with three detonators, and one suicide jacket were recovered on a cue by one of the suspects.