Pak court remands 4 cops in fake encounter case
Last Updated: Tuesday, June 14, 2011, 20:58
Lahore: A Pakistani court on Tuesday remanded four policemen, including a senior officer, to police custody for six days in connection with the killing of a youth in a "fake encounter" in this eastern city.

Judicial Magistrate Anwarul Haq Alvi granted the physical remand of Deputy Superintendent of Police Riasat Ali Javed, Sub-Inspector Riaz Ahmed and constables Muhammad Qadir and Muhammad Asif.

The four policemen allegedly shot and killed Shahbaz Butt, 23, in a staged gun battle on Friday.

Lahore High Court Chief Justice Ijaz Chaudhry has taken suo moto notice of the incident and directed the Punjab Police chief to conduct an inquiry and arrest those responsible.

This was the third instance of an extra-judicial killing by law enforcement agencies in the country in less than 20 days.

Five foreigners were killed by police and paramilitary forces in Quetta last month while an unarmed teenage youth was shot and killed by paramilitary troopers in a park in Karachi.

Deputy Inspector General of Police Major (retired) Mubashirullah conducted an inquiry into Shahbaz Butt?s killing in Lahore and declared the incident a "staged encounter".

He said police had arrested Butt while he was attempting to rob two people in Nishtar Colony.

Following this, four policemen were arrested on charges of killing Butt. A criminal case was registered against them yesterday. The inquiry did not find any record of Butt's involvement in other crimes.

Mubashirullah told reporters that according to the statements of witnesses and two robbery victims, Butt was captured while robbing a medical store at Yohannabad in Lahore.

Butt was allegedly killed by policemen who took him into custody.


First Published: Tuesday, June 14, 2011, 20:58

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