Karachi: 4 policemen booked in custodial death case
KARACHI: Four police officials, including a deputy superintendent of police (DSP), were booked on Tuesday for killing Kishan Chand, a 30–year–old trader, in their custody. The victim, who was booked in a murder case of his maternal uncle, Amit Kumar, on Oct 11 by Sharea Faisal police, was surrendered before the police by his brother, Pheromal, on Nov 4. The following day, the man died in police custody. The grieving family alleged that Kishn Chandar was tortured to death by the Sharea Faisal police, who in turn claimed that the young suspect died of cardiac arrest. Krishn`s brother, Pheromal, told Dawn that his brother was actually kidnapped by the killers of Ameet Kumar.
According to him, the kidnappers threw his brother at a desolate place near New Sabzi Mandi off the Super Highway on Nov 3. He said that he had himself taken his brother to the police as he had been booked in the murder case.
The Sharea Faisal police registered a murder case (FIR 915/2008) against DSP Hafeez Junejo, Inspector Hadi Bux, Sub–inspector Malik Ashraf and ASI Javed Chaudhry.
Earlier, the Sindh High Court ordered registration of a custodial death case against DSP Hafeez Junejo, investigation officer Hadi Bux, sub–inspector Malik Ashraf and ASIs Aftab and Javed Chaudhry of the Sharea Faisal police station.
A complaint was addressed by Bhero Mal to the chief justice alleging that he voluntarily surrendered his brother, Kishan Chand, to DSP Junejo, who said he (Kishan) was required in the theft case. Kishan died in police custody on Nov 5 but the police were not registering an FIR. The complaint was converted into a petition and assigned to Justice Munib Ahmed Khan.
Two Sharea Faisal police officials appeared in response to a court notice and submitted that an FIR would be registered as alleged. The judge also ordered that the case should be investigated under the supervision of a senior police officer.