Lahore: DSP, three cops remanded for six days
Lahore: Model Town Judicial Magistrate Naeem Abbas on Tuesday granted six-day physical remand of DSP Riasat Bajwa and three other police officials to Nishter Colony police, allegedly involved in murder in a fake encounter.
Interestingly, the accused policemen were neither handcuffed nor were they produced in an open court. On Tuesday, Nishter Colony police produced DSP Riasat Bajwa, Sub-Inspector Muhammad Riaz and two constables, namely Abdul Qadir and Muhammad Asif, in the chamber of Judicial Magistrate Naeem Abbas at Model Town Courts. The investigation officer of the case sought 10-day physical remand of the accused to carry out investigation. However, the judge granted six days physical remand of the accused, ordering police to produce them again before on June 20.
As per details, three robbers, including Shahbaz Butt, stormed into Makkah Medical Store at Yuhanabad late on Friday. During their robbery, they looted Rs 35,000 while the owner of the store showing resistance started scuffling with Shahbaz while two of his accomplices fled away from the scene just as the brother of the owner arrived. Shahbaz opened fire into the air, however, the owner succeeded in capturing Shahbaz. Later on, two bikes of Muhafiz Squad arrived at the spot and when Sub-Inspector Riaz arrived, he took Shahbaz in his custody. Shahbaz was killed in an encounter at Rohi Nala sometime later. While Nishter Colony Police claimed that the robber had opened indiscriminate firing on police party which led to police encounter.
When hue and cry rose in the media about the fake encounter, Police Training School Chuhng Principal DIG Major (r) Mubashirullah held an inquiry into the matter on the orders of the IGP Punjab and a case was registered under sections 302/34 and 109 of the PPC against the four accused police officials.