Gujranwala: ATC rejects bail plea in lynching case
GUJRANWALA: As reported by the Dawn News on Friday, Anti-Terrorism Court-I judge Syed Iftikhar Husain Shah on Thursday refused to grant bail to former Sialkot Sadar station house officer and eight policemen in the Aug 15 lynching case.
Punjab deputy prosecutor-general Rana Bakhtiar Ali assisted by Ehtasham Qadir and Babar Javed Dar opposed the bail petitions, saying all the accused were present on the spot and did nothing to save the two brothers from being lynched.
The accused also disgraced the bodies of the lynched brothers by parading them on city roads instead of removing them to the morgue for autopsy.
He also apprehended that if former SHO Rana Ilyas was given bail, he would flee again as he had done in the past after being arrested in this case for the first time.
He said other policemen should not be given bail as they also brought their department into disrepute by committing sheer negligence.
Defence lawyers Khwaja Awais Mushtaq, Liaqat Sandhu and Chaudhry Zaighamullah Sansi said accused police officials were not involved in murder case or terrorist act, and they only committed negligence by not trying to save the brothers from being killed. They said their clients also did not disgrace the bodies of the lynched brothers.
They were of the view that footage of TV cameras and videos etc. were weak evidence against their clients, and they deserved bail on merit.
However, the court dismissed the bail petitions of all the police officials, including former SHO Rana Ilyas, ASI Waris and constables Tariq, Bashir and Mubarik.
The complete article can be found at Dawn News.