Karachi: Policeman arrested for opening fire on restaurateur
KARACHI: A police constable has been arrested for having allegedly attacked a fast food restaurant owner who had not paid the accused the extortion money. Haji Painda Khan, 45, owner of Iqbal Fast Food, was shot at in his restaurant near Bismillah Chowk in the Karachi Administrative Society in Tipu Sultan police limits on Saturday night.
The Station House Officer of Tipu Sultan police station, Chaudhry Irshad, said that acting on information, police vans rushed to the spot, arrested Constable Samiullah and shifted the injured to the Jinnah Hospital.
He added that the police later shifted the injured to the Liaquat National Hospital where his condition was stated to be stable. Khan had been shot in his leg twice. Investigations revealed that Samiullah had had a criminal record, and he was drunk at the time of the offence, SHO Irshad said.
He alleged that the accused had threatened Iqbal, an elder brother of the victim, and demanded of him to give him some extortion money. Iqbal, however, had submitted an application against Samiullah at the Baloch Colony police station, and he was arrested and sent to jail.
However, once Samiullah got bailed out, he not only managed to get recruited into the Sindh Police again but also got a posting at the Tipu Sultan police station. And from here he started threatening Haji Painda Khan and Iqbal again.
The accused told his victims that he had gotten into a lot of trouble because of them and that they must compensate him for all the money he had spent on fighting his case or be prepared for the consequences.
SHO Irshad said that Haji Painda Khan submitted an application with the Tipu Sultan Police Station against Samiullah. The SHO had the application forwarded to the Senior Superintendent of Police of District East.
The SSP, Khadim Hussain Rind, issued a show-cause notice to Samiullah on Friday. The show-cause notice infuriated the accused so much so that he went to the restaurant of Painda Khan and shot and injured him.
He was arrested by the police just as he tried to escape, SHO Irshad said. He added that the police had booked Samiullah under Sections 386-387 (extortion) and 324 (attempt to murder) as well as Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorist Act. Moreover, a separate FIR under Section 13-D of the Arms Ordinance was also lodged against Samiullah.