Karachi: Man jailed for 5 years in extortion case
KARACHI: An anti–terrorism court sentenced on Tuesday a man to five years imprisonment in a money extortion case. Mohammad Asif alias Chhoottu was thrashed and his accomplice Faraz was lynched by an angry mob when they attacked shopkeepers in Kharadar in March 2011over non-payment of protection money. Judge Khalida Yasin of the ATC–II found him guilty of demanding the protection money by putting the victims in fear of death and carrying unlicensed weapons. The court sentenced him to five-year imprisonment under Section 387 of the Pakistan Penal Code and another five years in jail under Section 13-D of the Arms Ordinance.
However, the court ruled that both sentences would run concurrently. The court in its verdict observed that the evidence of witnesses remained reliable on material points and the documentary evidence was also found corroborating with their testimonies.
The prosecution had been able to place sufficient evidence against the accused and the charge about the demand of extortion and carrying unlicensed weapons stood proved beyond a shadow of a doubt, it added.
According to the prosecution, on March 10, 2011 Asif along with his accomplice Faraz went to a chicken centre, owned by two brothers, Zahid and Tariq, in Kharadar and demanded Rs500,000 protection money and attempted to abduct Zahid when they refused to pay. The accused opened fire leaving Zahid wounded as he put up resistance and in the meantime Tariq attacked the accused with a knife and overpowered them with the help of other shopkeepers and customers, it added.
The crowd thrashed the accused persons with sticks, knives and other objects and they were handed over to police. Faraz died later. The police recovered a sub–machine gun from the possession of Asif.
Two cases (FIR Nos.120/2011 & 121/2011) were registered under Sections 387 (putting person in fear of death or of grievous hurt, in order to commit extortion), 324 (attempted murder) and 34 (common intention) of the Pakistan Penal Code and Section 13–D of the Arms Ordinance read with Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997.