Karachi: Police officials booked for murder still at large
KARACHI: Police have failed to track down their four colleagues, including a deputy superintendent of police, who were booked over a month ago for killing a 30-year-old murder suspect in their custody, as the investigation officer of the case moved to the police surgeon for proper interpretation of the cause of the victim`s death. The Sharea Faisal police had registered on Nov 25 a murder case (FIR 915/2008) against DSP HafeezJunejo, Inspector HadiBux, Sub-inspector Malik Ashraf and ASI JavedChaudhry of the investigation police for torturing KishanChandar to death. According to the postmortem report, the cause of the victim`s death was “haemorrhage in the stomach and small intestine due to chronic gastritis and multiple ulcers”. However, the victim`s family claimed that the young man`s health was good and he had never complained of even a stomach ache. The postmortem reports also showed that the victim`s body bore marks of torture.
The SP of Saddar, Dr Amir Shaikh, who is in charge of the investigation, told Dawn that the police had been making hectic efforts to track down the suspects.
He said the police would submit a final charge-sheet against the suspects within four to five days. “We are just waiting for the final opinion of the police surgeon to establish whether it was a case of natural death or the victim died from police torture,” he added.
He said the postmortem report was the most important and reliable piece of evidence in the custodial death. “We want to know whether the haemorrhage in the stomach was caused by gastritis and ulcer, or the physical torture led to the rupture,” he added.
The postmortem on the victim`s body was conducted by a board of doctors, comprising Prof FarhatMirza, a forensic expert in the Dow University of Health Sciences, Dr Hamid Ali Parhyar, the police surgeon, and Medico–Legal Officer DrKararHussain, in the presence of the EDO (Revenue) under Section 176 of the Criminal Procedure Code.
The victim, who was booked in a case of murder of his maternal uncle, Amit Kumar, on Oct 11 by the Sharea Faisal police, was surrendered before the police by his brother, Bhero Mal, on Nov 4. The following day, the man died in police custody.
The victim`s brother alleged that KishanChandar was tortured to death by the Sharea Faisal police, who claimed that the young suspect died of cardiac arrest.
He claimed that the killers of Amit Kumar had kidnapped his brother after killing the victim and they threw his brother at a desolate place near New SabziMandi off the Super Highway on Nov 3. He said he had himself taken his brother to the police as he had been booked in the murder case.
The case against the absconding police officials was registered on the order of the Sindh High Court on a complaint of Bhero Mal, who stated that the police were not registering an FIR.
Meanwhile, sources said that the police raided houses of some police officers who were believed to be the suspects` close friends.
They said the raids proved futile as the suspects might have been tipped off about the police action.