Lahore: 4 cops acquitted in encounter case
LAHORE: Additional District and Sessions Judge Muhammad Sheraz Kiani on Friday acquitted DSP Riasat Bajwa and three other police officials involved in a fake encounter case in which an alleged robber Shahbaz Butt was killed.
Previously, the court had directed Tehsildar concerned to submit the list of legal heirs of the deceased. The court had given these directions after parents of the deceased father Jahangir Butt and mother Jamila Begum had decided to forgive the accused police officials.
On Friday, a list was submitted and the judge stated that Jahangir Butt and Jamila Begum were the real parents of the deceased. Upon this, the court has acquitted DSP Riasat Bajwa, Sub-Inspector Riaz Ahmed, two Constables Abdul Qadir and Asif Masih.
As per case details, three robbers, including Shahbaz Butt, stormed into Makkah Medical Store at Yuhanabad few months back. During their robbery, they looted Rs.35,000 while the owner of the store showed resistance and scuffled with Shahbaz.
In the mean time, two other robbers fled away from the scene, as the brother of the owner arrived. Shahbaz did firing into the air however the owner succeeded in capturing Shahbaz. Later, two bikes of Muhafiz Squad arrived on the spot. Later, Sub Inspector Riaz arrived on the spot and took Shehbaz into his custody and staged an encounter at Rohi Nullah.
When hue and cry rose in the media about the fake encounter, Principal Police Training School (PTS) Chung DIG Major (r) Mubashir Ullah held an inquiry into the matter on the orders of the IG Punjab and a case had been registered under Sections 302/34 and 109 of the PPC against four accused police officials, including DSP Riasat Bajwa, Sub Inspector Muhammad Riaz and Constables Asif Masih and Abdul Qadir.