Faisalabad: Sons killed in fake encounter, say parents
FAISALABAD: Nearly seven weeks after losing two sons and a nephew, a dejected couple dared to speak publicly against the police and said all boys, including two of their friends, were killed in a staged encounter on Oct 26.
Five people, two brothers and one of their cousins, and two other cousins were killed in this encounter.
The victims were Arif Butt, his younger brother Zarak alias Zaki Butt, Ali Nawaz (cousin), Shakeel and Hamid (cousins) were killed by police in an ‘encounter’ that took place in Liaqatabad in the wee hours of Oct 26.
Police said seven robbers looted cash from a midway CNG station, owned by a former union council nazim Anjum Niaz, situated on Jhang Road, and escaped with cash at around 3:40am.
A case was registered against them with Jhang Bazaar Police just a few hours after the incident.
Section 324 (attempt to murder) had been included in the case, though none of the policemen sustained injury in the shootout.
However, parents of Butt brothers were not ready to accept the police version.
Ghulam Shabbir Butt, father of Zaki and Arif, said the CNG station owner had quarreled with Zaki and Arif just a few days before Eidul Fitr and scores of people had witnessed this incident. Owing to this, he said the owner managed police, created a hype against his sons and got them eliminated.
The police said it traded fire with the alleged robbers for an hour in which five of them were killed while two others managed their escape.