Lahore: Youth killed his father to control business
LAHORE: Racecourse Police have resolved the mystery of a blind murder and have established that 18-year-old son of the deceased was the mastermind behind the murder of his real father on Habib Ullah Road on February 8 this year. Police have pronounced it a ‘cold blood’ murder as at least 10 bullets were sprayed on the ill-fated man, who had brought up his son, solemnised his marriage and financially made him sound. Police reports say the accused has also confessed to committing this heinous criminal act just to control the entire garments business of his father.
Police record shows the criminal youth had already been involved in killing another man Awamik Butt in 2008. The accused had also executed drama of his kidnapping for ransom in the past.
“This time, the criminal Muhammad Adeel hired a professional assassin Rohail and gave him Rs 57,000 to kill his father Haji Basheer, owner of Kamal Garments in Rang Mahel,” a CIA police officer said, adding Rohail had also been arrested. According to the modus operandi, the accused gunned down Haji Basheer while he was sitting in rickshaw, which was also being driven by the accomplice of the assassin. Police, however, had taken the rickshaw driver Sardar Masih into their custody after collecting the circumstantial evidences, as the assassin killed only Basheer Ahmed without injuring the driver.
Ironically, instead of encouraging the investigating team of the Racecourse Police Station, SSP (Operations) Lahore Captain Sajjad Manj and DSP Mustansar Atta Bajwa allegedly pressurised their subordinates to release rickshaw driver Sardar Masih. Informed sources disclosed to The Nation that the children of Captain Sajjad Manj and his families were studying in Beaconhouse School in Basti Syedan Shan where some relatives of Sardar Masih worked as sweepers.
The deceased Haji Basheer, a resident of Bakay Shah Darbar in Garhi Shahu, had been running the business of garments in Rang Mahel and during this span of time he financially settled his three sons Azeem, Adeel and Kabeer. The man also accommodated his both son-in-laws in this business. “Other family members are living their noble life, except Adeel, who indulged himself in criminal activities,” the CIA Police officer said. The police investigators, who wished to not to be named said they received the bullet-riddled body of Haji Basheer from rickshaw around 9:45 am on Feb 8. Meanwhile, they said the young Adeel approached the police station and took the head of his father into his lap without weeping or crying, which is common on such hearts-breaking scenes. “The body was removed to the City morgue but the bereaved family, however, did not approach police station for initiation of legal action against anyone,” police investigators said, adding they contacted the family and asked to visit police station for legal procedure. “Only rickshaw driver Mr Sardar was taken into police custody on his suspicious gestures but aforementioned SSP got him released by sending his personal staff officer ASI to the Racecourse Police Station,” the police sources said.
After repeated phone calls by the police concerned, the family agreed to lodge FIR against unidentified accused. The investigation team, however, obtained phone details of the family members and found over 10 phone calls were made by Adeel to Rohail during 9 to 9:45 am on the same day. During preliminary interrogation, he denied killing his own father. However, the police investigation team produced an FIR (130/08) according to which he had planned killing of one Awamik Butt. According to another FIR (213/07) the criminal Adeel had planned his kidnapping for ransom drama in Misri Shah Police area and received Rs 3.1 million via his friends from his father in that case. “After witnessing phone details, linkage of incidents, his synchronized criminal record, the accused confessed to be the mastermind of killing his own father just to control the entire business,” the team stated.
Investigation Officer Inspector Ch Munawar Hanjerwa told this reporter the youth has been handed over to CIA Kotwali on their demand for further legal action.