Karachi: Cops kill labourer for Rs100
KARACHI: Karachi Three policemen on duty in the Sohrab Goth area shot a labourer dead from point-blank range for not paying them Rs100 as a bribe to enter a cattle market. The policemen were later arrested in a fake encounter case. According to witnesses, at the time of the incident which occured in the morning, the Sohrab Goth cattle market was packed with people buying and selling sacrificial animals. A number of daily wage workers with hired Suzuki pick–up swere also present to transport animals to buyers’ residences.
Zaib Rehman, a labourer of about 35 to 40 years of age, was driving towards the cattle market in his Suzuki van when some policemen deployed at Noor Khan Chowk in the Industrial Police Post of Sohrab Goth signalled him to stop. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Rao Anwaar Ahmed of the Malir district, talking to The News, said Rehman was heading towards the cattle market when police constables (PCs) Asif, Ata and Imtiaz stopped him and demanded Rs100 as entry fee to the cattle market. Though the labourer initially refused to pay any money, he later gave Rs20 to them. This did not satisfy the policemen, who kept harassing him for an additional Rs80.
They also issued death threats but when nothing worked, they shot him dead. The cops then claimed that Rehman was a criminal and was gunned down in an encounter. On seeing the murder, some witnesses got angry and started protesting. The victim was shifted to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, where he was pronounced dead. SSP Ahmed said that investigations confirmed that Rehman was innocent and earned his living by transporting sacrificial animals. The SSP added that a murder FIR was lodged against the policemen at the Sohrab Goth police station and further investigations are under way. Rehman was a resident of Banaras area. He left behind his wife and children.