Rawalpindi: Suspended Aabpara SHO granted bail
RAWALPINDI: The court of Special Judge Central (SJC) here on Wednesday granted bail to the suspended station house officer (SHO) of Aabpara Police Station and extended for five days the physical remand of nine other policemen arrested in connection with arms theft case. The weapons seized during Lal Masjid operation and stored at the police station were stolen. Special Judge Central Shaukat Ali Sajid granted bail to Inspector Malik NaeemIqbal against the surety bonds of Rs100,000, but remanded nine other accused assistant sub inspectors Shan Muhammad, ShabirHussain, Rafiullah Khan, Mansoor Ahmed, and Muhammad Faiz, constables Muhammad Awais Muhammad Irshad, Shamimullah and Tariq Mir in to the custody of Aabpara Police.
Sub Inspector ZafarKahot had applied for a remand of seven days in the court for investigation about the accused who had taken away the arms stored in the basement of the police station. However the court granted only five–day remand.
Former SHO Malik NaeemIqbal who was suspended after the incident in his bail application had maintained that he was the in-charge of the police station when the arms were stolen, but the protection of the case custody was the responsibility of the duty ‘moharar’ (clerk).
He also maintained that he could not be arrested until he was not found guilty in any inquiry in this regard.
The accused were arrested on Sunday following registration of an FIR on the charges of criminal breach of trust, theft and burglary was registered against them after 47 small machine–guns, three light machine–guns, several AK–47 rifles, rocket launchers and hand grenades, seven rockets and 2,800 bullets were found missing from the armoury of Aabpara Police Station. The arms were seized by the security forces during the operation against Lal Masjid in the federal capital in 2007.