Karachi: 45 suspected rioters remanded in jail custody
KARACHI: Around 45 people arrested on charges of rioting and destroying public and private property in different parts of the city during ethnic violence over the past two days were remanded in 14-day jail custody on Monday. The Pakistan Bazaar police produced 37 suspected rioters in the court of judicial magistrate (west). The court remanded 32 suspects in jail custody while five youngsters, as they were underage, were released on Rs10,000 bail each. A case (FIR No.484/08) under Sections 147, 148, 149 and 435/34 of the Pakistan Penal Code was registered against the suspects at the Pakistan Bazaar police station.
Meanwhile, another judicial magistrate (west) sent five underage suspected rioters to juvenile jail on 14–day remand. They were arrested in limits of the Site police station.
The judicial magistrate (central) has remanded six suspected rioters in jail custody for 14 days. The Gulberg police registered a case against them.
Around 40 people have been killed in violence over the past two days. However the police authorities have appeared to be helpless since all the suspects produced in courts have been charged under Sections 147 (punishment for rioting), 148 (rioting armed with deadly weapon), 149 (every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object) and 435 (mischief by fire or explosive substance with intent to cause damage to amount of one hundred or ten rupees) of the Pakistan Penal Code instead of Sections 302, 324 of the PPC or under the Anti-terrorism Act while a sufficient number of arrested suspects were underage.