Islamabad: Policemen remanded over Lal Masjid arms theft case
ISLAMABAD: Ten police officials were sent on remand on Monday for their alleged involvement in the theft of arms seized during the Lal Masjid operation in July last year. Special Judge Central Shaukat Ali Sajid sent the 10 officials on a two–day physical remand in police custody and adjourned hearing until December 24. The Aabpara police have registered cases against the SHO and nine other officials. Police arrested Assistant Sub–inspector Shan Muhammad, ASI RafiullahNiazi, ASI Shabbir Ahmad, ASI Maqsood Ahmad, night Muharrar Muhammad Fayaz and Samiullah, Head Constable Muhammad Farooq and two constables.
Police sources told Daily Times the team investigating the theft had reached the conclusion that police stole the arms, but so far they had not disclosed who assisted the culprits in stealing the weapons.
However, they said the investigators suspected Aabpara Station House Officer (SHO) NaeemIqbal or some of his colleagues might be involved in the incident.
They said more than 100 weapons, including mortar guns, heavy machine guns light machine guns, Kalashnikov rifles and a huge quantity of bullets were stolen. “It was impossible that the arms were stolen without the help of the SHO or he was unaware of the theft,” they said. They said the thieves first changed the lock of the store and then stole the arms two to three days later.
Sources said the news of the weapons going missing spread when a police constable found a bag of bullets outside the police station. The constable informed the SHO who visited the police station’s store, where he found a number of weapons missing.
Adviser on Interior Rahman Malik has ordered a joint investigation team, headed by Deputy Inspector General DIG (Security) InayatullahFarooq, and consisting of intelligence and FIA officials.