Peshawar: Cops summoned over `fake` encounter
PESHAWAR: A local court here on Wednesday summoned the concerned police officers in a petition filed by a man seeking action against the police for killing his son along with three other persons in a fake encounter dubbing them as robbers.
The additional district and sessions judge, Fakhr Zaman Khan, ordered that the crimes investigation officer, the station house officer (SHO) of Pishtakhara police station and the occupant of the house, where the alleged encounter took place, to appear in person on June 30.
Peshawar High Court Chief Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan has taken suo motu notice of the issue after receiving an application from the petitioner, Attaullah Khan, father of the teenager, Osama Khan. The chief justice on Tuesday last converted his application into a petition under section 22-A of the Code of Criminal Procedure and referred the same to the Peshawar district and sessions judge, Ziauddin Khattak.
The district judge referred the petition to the additional district judge. The petitioner has charged the then SHO of Pishtakhara police station, Fazle Wahid, now serving at Badhber, as the prime accused in the case.
The petitioner stated that his son had appeared in the secondary school certificate examination and was awaiting his result. He stated that they belonged to a respectable family and his son had also gone to a religious congregation after his exams.
The petitioner stated that his son was also a sportsman and he used to go to a gymnasium and was preparing for the `Mr Peshawar` bodybuilding contest. He stated that his wife was in Lahore a day prior to the incident on May 29 his deceased son, Osama Khan, left his house for Lahore to bring his mother back to Peshawar.
He stated that the same night his cellphone was found to be switched off. He added that he was later informed that bodies of four unidentified robbers had been lying in the mortuary and when he went there, he found his son among the dead.
The petitioner alleged that the boy was killed in a fake encounter. He stated that his body was also carrying torture marks including marks of hot iron on different parts. He alleged that the deceased was not a robber and was captured somewhere else and then killed after severe torture.
The police had claimed after the incident that the four robbers including Osama had entered the house of Ms Parveen Akhter in Umeedabad area. Apart from Osama Khan, two other killed suspects were identified as Hazratullah and Alamzeb, whereas the fourth one could not be identified.