Rawalpindi: 3 members of a family found dead
RAWALPINDI: Three members of a family — a security guard, his wife and their 19–year–old son — were found dead with slit throats in a house at New Katarian falling in the jurisdiction of New Town Police Station, the police spokesman said. The 22–year–old brother of the security guard, who survived, was arrested by police on suspicion that he might have some role in the killings.
The three members of a family were murdered three to four days back, police said. The neighbours informed police when the smell of corpses spread in the locality on Sunday. A police team reached the scene, but refused to enter into the house due to the unbearable smell. Finally, sweepers were asked to shift the dead bodies to the hospital.
Police told this scribe that neighbours informed police about the smell of dead bodies erupting from the house (276 A, New Katarian) of a tenant, Tariq Mehmood, who was a security guard in a private company.
The deceased have been identified as Tariq Mehmood, 47, his wife Tabassam Tariq, 38, and their 19–year–old son Waqar Tariq. Saad Tariq, 22, the surviving member of the family, in his statement to police on Sunday, said that on the fateful day when he came out of the bathroom someone hit him in the head and he fell unconscious.
Meanwhile, a young seminary student was gunned down on Sunday evening when the son of an influential personality of the area and his friends allegedly opened fire on their opponents after a dispute during a cricket match near Shakrial, police said.
The Rawalpindi Police, allegedly succumbing to the influence, refused to take up the case against the son of the bigwig, asking the victims to report to the Islamabad Police.
Reacting over the alleged biased attitude of police, hundreds of residents of the adjacent localities blocked the Islamabad Expressway to register their anger against the influential personality. The Shahzad Town Police, however, took up the case and started investigation.
The episode occurred when a dispute developed between students of the Jamiatul Uloom-e-Islamia, Marhaba Mosque, Kurri Service Road, and youngsters of Shakrial while playing cricket on Sunday morning. Both groups dispersed after the settlement of the dispute, eyewitnesses said, adding that the son of an influential man and his supporters, equipped with weapons, reached there again at about 4:40 p.m. and started firing on seminary students, who were playing cricket at that time.
One of the seminary students, Habib–ur-Rehman, sustained multiple bullets in different parts of his body and died on the spot while two others were wounded.