Pind Paracha police shootout inquiry report
ISLAMABAD: Assistant Commissioner (Saddar) Captain (r) Fariduddin Mustafa in an inquiry report of Pind Paracha police encounter in the limits of Golra police station though maintained that police raided the house without any warrants, strangely he has suggested not to lodge First Information Report (FIR) against the police officials.
Mother of Siraj Khan, who was killed in police encounter, has filed an application with the court under section 22-A for the registration of FIR.
On April 29, police raided a house in Pind Paracha without any search warrants, shot dead 24-year-old Siraj Khan and arrested his two brothers Jamal and Jahangir Khan. Police claimed that these persons had kidnapped 28-year-old Ali Waqar Zikria, son of Waqar Zikria, an oil company engineer, and they were demanding Rs 100 million as ransom. As kidnapped person could not be recovered from the house, police claimed that the accused shifted him to Peshawer. A police team headed by DSP Margalla Khan Khurshid was sent to Peshawer but it returned unsuccessful. Police registered FIR vide No 103 under section 324/353,186, 7ATA, 13/20/65 with Golra Police Station.
Same day on instruction of Interior Minister Rehman Malik Islamabad Deputy Commissioner Amer Ali Ahmed announced to hold a judicial inquiry into the incident. Assistant Commissioner (AC) Captain (r) Fariduddin Mustafa was instructed to complete the inquiry and submit a detailed report.
During inquiry, a police officer of SP rank confirmed that police did not obtain warrants to enter the house and arrest the person who was killed during shoot out although it was a legal requirement. Police team also took officials from Golra police station and according to rules relevant station house officer (SHO) was bound to confirm that whether police team had legal permission to arrest the accused.
Police stated that bullets were not shot at Siraj Khan and after striking the wall they diverted and hit him resulting in his death. It was strange that two bullets hit him almost at the same place and he died at the spot. An officer of Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) on condition of anonymity told Daily Times that there were marks of three bullets on the body. One bullet hit at his belly and other just a lower and it pierced the body. Third bullet hit on the thigh and broke the bone. He said the diverted bullets don’t have so much intensity to kill a person or break the bone and police claim was incorrect.
A police officer said usually kidnaper group hired a house for kidnapping and after kidnapping they leave the place but it was strange that residents of the house were living there for last five years and their relatives were also living in nearby houses, which proved that they did not have any intention to do that kind of crime. Sources said relatives of the deceased Siraj had complained to ICT administration that Golra police were threatening them to change their statements and not to follow the case due to which the AC had instructed the police not to meet relatives of the deceased. They said in the end police succeeded to get a report from PIMS that those bullets could be diverted and police also managed to get a result of their choice from district administration and relevant assistant commissioner ignored that shoot out was done without warrants.
They said the relevant AC had released report regarding shoot out stating that bullets were diverted or deflected from wall and it has been also confirmed that Siraj died during cross firing so it can not be recommended to lodge an FIR against police. However disciplinary action against head constable Saifullah and a constable has been suggested bailing out SHOs of Golra and Shalimar police stations in the report.
Inspector Khalid Awan, who was Shalimar Police SHO at that time and had led the operation, said the magistrate had visited the place and was convinced that bullets were diverted. He said doctor had also given a report that those bullets could be diverted due to which magistrate had released a report in police favour.