Karachi: 69 ‘arsonists’ remanded in police custody
KARACHI: Two courts on Saturday remanded in police custody 69 arson suspects who were detained after riots broke out during protest rallies in the city a day earlier against the blasphemous film recently produced in the United States. Police produced 63 suspects before an anti–terrorism court for obtaining their physical remand. The police alleged that suspects who were arrested in Preedy, Civil Lines, Boat Basin, NabiBux, Kharadar areas set ablaze public and private properties, including four cinemas, banks, shops of five–star hotels and police mobiles and also looted valuables.
Investigation officers submitted that some of the suspects also fired on police and prevented them from performing their official duties. They sought remand of the suspects so that investigations could be completed and absconding co-accused involved in rioting could be arrested.
ATC link Judge Bashir Ahmed Khoso, remanding the suspects in police custody, directed the investigation officers to produce them on September 26.
Meanwhile, the judicial magistrate (South) also remanded six persons in police custody in arson and rioting cases.
Police said that four suspects were involved in arson and ransacking wine shops in the Defence area as well as in looting valuables. Two suspects along with several absconding co-accused were involved in ransacking equipment of the Civil Hospital and harassing medical staff.
The judicial magistrate directed the investigation officers to obtain opinion from the competent authorities on whether or not the case fell within the jurisdiction of the anti terrorism law. He also directed them to produce the suspects on Monday.