Karachi: 3 get 14-year jail for robbery, shootout
KARACHI: An additional district and sessions court on Wednesday sentenced three men to 14 years in prison in a case of robbery and shootout with police. The judge pronounced the judgment after recording final arguments in the case. The court found Sultan Ghulam, Rafiqullah and Amir guilty of committing a robbery in a Nazimabad area in 2003 and opening fire on a police party with the intention to kill them. The court also imposed a fine of Rs3,000 each. In case of non-payment of the fine, the convicts will have to undergo an additional three–month imprisonment. The court in its judgment observed that the prosecution proved its case against the accused beyond any in doubt by producing ample evidence and witnesses before the trial court.
The prosecution said the accused had forcibly entered the house of Gulfaraz Ahmed in the Nazimabad police limits in January 2003.
They took the family hostage at gunpoint and deprived them of cash and valuables. In the meantime, a police party saw the suspects and chased them. They allegedly opened fire on the police. However, the police retaliated and arrested the accused after some resistance, it added.
A case (FIR 80/03) was registered against the accused under Sections 392, 353 and 324/34 of the Pakistan Penal Code on the complaint of Gulfaraz.
Meanwhile, the same court sentenced a man to six years in prison in a robbery case.
Mohammad Saleem was charged with robbing the house of Rafab Hussain in 2002 in the limits of Federal B Industrial Area police station.
The judge also imposed a fine of Rs1,000 on the convict. In case of non-payment, the convict would have to undergo an additional one–month imprisonment.
A case (FIR 68/02) was registered under Section 392 of the Pakistan Penal Code.