Another prisoner shot dead in Judicial Complex in Peshawar
PESHAWAR, April 26: In a second such incident within a week, an under trial prisoner (UTP) was gunned down and another wounded outside a court in the Judicial Complex at Khyber Road here on Tuesday.
An official of East Cantonment police station said that the victim, identified as Riaz of Gulabad, had been in the prison in different cases registered against him at Gulberg and Bana Mani police stations of Peshawar.
“The jail police had brought him to the court of judicial magistrate Danish Afridi when the attacker Irfan of Bazidkhel opened firing on him with a pistol on the third floor of the building. As a result, Mr Riaz died on the spot while another accused Farman of Peshtakhara sustained bullet injuries,” he said.
The official said that the accused, Riaz, was arrested in a fraud case registered against him under Section 419,420,468 and 471 at Gulberg police station in 2010. When contacted, the Gulberg police said that Mr Riaz was also facing a murder case, registered against him at Bana Manai police station. Bana Manai police said that he had been accused of killing an elder Haji Gul Mast.
They recalled that the body of Haji Gul Mast packed in a bag had been recovered from Akhun Baba graveyard and his relatives had nominated Mr Riaz in the case. Police arrested the accused, Irfan, and have recovered a pistol from his possession. Later, a murder case has been registered against him at the East Cantonment police station.
On April 20, another under trial prisoner, Niamat Khan, facing murder charge, was shot dead and two others were wounded in the same judicial complex. The courts` building is located near the Peshawar High Court and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly where occurrence of such crimes is a challenge for the law-enforcement agencies.
“We conduct body search at the gate, but lawyers and courts` staff members are not cooperating with us to search everyone,” said policemen deputed at the main entrance. They said that their own lives were also at stake due to increasing terrorism cases, but they were determined to do their duty.
When contacted, Peshawar SSP Operations Ijaz Khan said that he had held meetings with the district and sessions judge and office-bearers of the legal fraternity to ensure foolproof security inside the courts, but lawyers were not cooperating in this regard.
“There are several entry points, which can be used for criminal acts,” he said and added that police had been deployed only at the main gates. He said that the boundary wall of the building was very low and could be used for supply of weapons.
Talking to media persons, a group of lawyers demanded of the government to take immediate steps for checking supply of weapons inside the courts.
They said that the suicide attack of Nov 19, 2009 had proved that the courts were on the hit list of terrorists and if effective checking of people was not ensured they could bring in explosives to the complex.