Karachi: 6 remanded in doctor’s kidnap, murder case
KARACHI: An anti–terrorism court remanded on Friday six suspects in police custody till July 1 in a case pertaining to the kidnapping and murder of a neurosurgeon. Dr Aftab Qureshi, a famous neurosurgeon, was abducted within the remit of the Brigade police station on May 12 and killed on May 30 in an exchange of fire between the police and his abductors in Hyderabad. The police produced Dr Ashok Kumar, said to be a quack, Farooq, Azhar Ali, Imdad Ali, Hath Khan and Abdul Aziz before an anti–terrorism court on Friday and sought their 14–day police remand.
However, judge in charge of the ATC-I Hasan Feroz remanded the suspects in police custody for nine days and directed the investigation officer to produce them along with a progress report on the next hearing.
According to the prosecution, Dr Qureshi was kidnapped near Taj Complex on main M.A. Jinnah Road and the kidnappers demanded a ransom for his safe release. The Citizens–Police Liaison Committee and the Anti–Violent Crime Cell jointly raided a house in Hyderabad for the recovery of the captive, but he was killed during an exchange of gunfire between the police and kidnappers, it added.
The police said that an assistant sub–inspector and a captor were also killed.
Two of the detained suspects were employed at the victim’s clinics in Karachi and Hyderabad.
A case (FIR 130/12) was registered under Sections 365–A (kidnapping for ransom) and 34 (common intention) of the Pakistan Penal Code read with Section 7 of the Anti–Terrorism Act, 1997 on a complaint of the victim’s son. Later, Section 302 (premeditated murder) of the PPC was also incorporated in the FIR.
The same set of suspects along with their accomplices have also been booked in another case (FIR 176/12) under Sections 353 (criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 324 (attempted murder) and 302 (premeditated murder) of the PPC read with Section 7 of the ATA at the Bhitai Nagar police station for attacking a raiding police team and killing a policeman.