Karachi: 2 ‘arsonists’ identified in court
Karachi: A judicial magistrate on Wednesday recorded the statement of an eyewitness who also identified two suspects in a case pertaining to an arson attack on a minibus.
Khanzada and Mohammad Shafi, said to be activists of a political party, along with over a dozen of absconding accomplices have been charged with allegedly setting a minibus on fire on the night of Aug 12 in Keamari in an arson attack that left three people dead and as many others injured. The judicial magistrate (west), Mohammad Afzal Roshan, recorded the testimony of Mohammad Rehan, the conductor of the minibus, under Section 164 of the criminal procedure code in the presence of both suspects.
The witness deposed that the minibus had started its journey from Keamari at around 10pm on Aug 12 and when it reached near the Humayun Centre in Jackson around 16 to 17 armed men attacked the vehicle which was carrying a reasonable number of passengers.
They sprinkled petrol on the minibus and set it on fire before the passengers could even get off, he added.
During his statement, the witness also identified both the suspects and said that they were among the attackers who set the vehicle on fire. According to the prosecution, a man was burnt to death and five others were injured when the minibus of route W-11 was set on fire in Keamari on the eve of a strike called by nationalist parties in Sindh.
The strike call was given in protest against the restoration of the 2001 local government system to the province. Later, two more victims succumbed to their injuries. The police managed to apprehend two suspects.
On Aug 13, the administrative judge of the anti-terrorism courts in Karachi handed over both the suspects to police on physical remand till Aug 20.