Rawalpindi: Gold & silver theft case
RAWALPINDI: The young man, allegedly thrown down from third floor of a building by police on Monday during recovery of stolen gold and silver, succumbed to his injuries at Benazir Bhutto Hospital (BBH) on Tuesday morning, hospital sources said.
Ansar, 25, was arrested by the Banni Police, alleging that he was involved in stealing gold and silver from a gold factory where he was working. Police, skipping from the accusation of killing a suspect during their custody, have put all responsibility on the accused, saying that he himself was liable for his death.
Ashraf Abbasi, father of the victim, crying over the alleged police brutality, told journalists that police implicated his son in the theft case. He alleged that police detained his son three days back and kept him in the police station unlawfully and tortured him. He said that on Monday morning, the Banni Police called him to the police station and asked him to induce his son to help police in recovery of the stolen gold and silver. He alleged that a police team, headed by Sub-Inspector Farrukh Rashid, handcuffed his son and took him with them for the recovery of the stolen items. He added that after some time, the police team returned to the police station and informed him that his son attempted to commit suicide and he had been shifted to the BBH. He said when he reached the hospital he found his son in a critical condition. He said that he would knock at the door of the Punjab authorities to seek justice.
However, police called Ashraf Abbasi to the police station and forced him for reconciliation with police and the complainant, police sources said adding that the poor old man, later, gave them in writing that he would not proceed the case any more against police or the complainant against the compensation of Rs300,000 and took the dead body of his son to the AJK without postmortem.
Meanwhile, the SP (Rawal Town), in a hurriedly called press conference at the Banni Police Station, said that Ansar was in the custody of police when he jumped from the third floor during the course of recovery. He said that police detained Ansar on doubt as it was disclosed by his accomplices that he was a member of the gang.
The SP, telling the details of the case, said that the owner of the gold factory, Jamil alias Boota, lodged a complaint with the Banni Police Station regarding the robbery of 49 tolas of gold and 15 kilograms of silver on January 18. He said that police took up the case and started investigation, claiming that during the course of investigation, police arrested two young men Salman Ali, son of Mohammad Yousaf, and his brother Ehtisham Ali belonging to Jinnah Colony, Wazirabad both were real nephews of the complainant who were working independently in an adjacent shop but failed to run their business. He said that the two brothers planned to commit robbery at their real uncle’s factory and sought help from his friends in Gujranwala and Wazirabad, adding that they made up a gang comprising Nasirullah alias Kami, son of Ehsaanullah (Wazirabad), Mohammad Azam alias Mushka, son of Mohammad Latif (Jinnah Colony, Wazirabad), Shafique Bhatti alias Kali, son of Mohammad Siddique, and Fazal-ur-Rehman (both from Gujranwala) and hit the factory at noon on January 18, when the employees were having dinner and took away 49 tolas of gold and 15 kilograms of silver after holding the employees at gunpoint. They, later, met in Kharian and distributed the looted gold and silver among them. Police, however, arrested all gang members and recovered the major part of the booty.
It is worth mentioning here that the SP didn’t mention the name of Ansar as a gang member or suspect, but detained him without any evidence and later police allegedly tortured him which resulted in his death.