Karachi: Witness identifies ANP activists in terrorism case
KARACHI: A prosecution witness identified two accused, who are charged with burning seven passengers alive in the Keamari area in August last year, before an Anti–Terrorism Court on Wednesday. The police claimed to have arrested the accused red–handed. Mohammad Shafi and Khanzada Khan, activists of the Awami National Party, were prosecuted under murder, attempt to murder, arson, police encounter and terrorism charges. According to the prosecution, the defendants along with absconding co–accused set on fire a mini–bus near the Keamari dockyard on August 12 last year, as a result of which seven passengers were burnt to death while five others received burn injuries.
The accused were arrested by the police red–handed after a shootout, as they were resorting to violence and setting vehicles on fire to terrorist people on the eve of ANP’s strike call against the withdrawal of the commissioner ate system in the province.
Prosecution witness, police constable Mohammad Tanveer deposed before the trial court that he along with other police personnel was patrolling in the Keamari area on the said day when they arrested the defendants red-handed from the place of the incident after a shootout. He also identified both the defendants. After the testimony of the witness, the ATC headed by Judge Bashir Khoso adjourned the hearing for Thursday.