Karachi: 4 ‘LeJ activists’ remanded till 16th
KARACHI: A judicial magistrate on Tuesday remanded four suspects of the banned Lashkar–e-Jhangvi (LeJ) in the custody of the Crime Investigation Department (CID) till March 16 for their alleged involvement in the Abbas Town bombing as well as police encounters, possession of explosives and illegal weapons.
Four LeJ suspects — Saif–ur–Rehman alias Shehzad, Mohammed Ali alias Hakum, Abdul Ghani alias Zubair alias Tension and Zahid Gul alias Hamza – were produced in the court of Judicial Magistrate (West) Afzal Roshan.
The police submitted that the accused had been working for the banned LeJ and the Tehreek–e–Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and involved in the killing of innocent citizens.
Following the Abbas Town blast, personnel of the Anti–Extremism Cell (AEC) of the CID arrested these suspects from LeJ and TTP hideouts during raids in the Peerabad and Manghopir areas.
The CID police claimed to have recovered 50 kilograms of explosives, 50 feet of detonating wire, seven hand grenades, three 9mm pistols, two Kalashnikovs, a pistol and hundreds of bullets from the possession of the detained men.
Allowing the physical remand of the suspects, the court ordered the police to produce them on the next date of hearing on March 16.
In the aftermath of the Abbas Town blast, the police conducted raids in Baldia Town, Moachko, Peeerabad, Manghopir and Sohrab Goth areas and rounded up about 100 suspects with arms and ammunition.
Meanwhile, Judicial Magistrate (West-II) accepted a report filed under Section 161 of Criminal Procedure Code, declaring Assistant Sub Inspector Anwar and Police Constable Pervaiz as innocent in the case of the custodial death of a citizen Khalid Shah.
The two policemen were arrested in January this year after they picked up a young man Khalid Shah and brought him to the Manghpir police station, where he was allegedly tortured to death.
The police report argued that there was no involvement of the two policemen in the custodial death of Khalid Shah. Accepting the report, the court announced the acquittal of the two cops.
The court, however, issued summons to other policemen who were also facing the same charges.