Key witness deposes before CJM court
Police Know Culprits, Shielding Them: Bar
Islamabad, July 26: The Special Investigation Team (SIT), probing the killing of three teenagers allegedly by police on June 29 recorded the statements of a policeman - key witness to the killings - in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM).
The witnesses reportedly deposed before the SIT Investigating officer (IO), Muneer Ahmad (Dy SP) who moved a petition before CJM, Islamabad for recording the statement under section 164 A, CRPC.
Subsequently, the witness deposed before the CJM and got his statement recorded.
Sources said that the policeman who got his statement recorded is the key eyewitness into the killing of the three youth and will help the investigating agency to reach to the main culprits.
“The police person is a key witness into the case and his statement will lead to the identification and arrest of the main culprits,” sources said.
Earlier also on July 20 the SIT had recorded the statement of one of the witnesses into the case before the CJM.
The statement of these two witnesses, according to the sources, has provided some vital leads into the case and would help in identifying the culprits.
Pertinently, three teenagers were killed and four other persons injured on June 29 when the police personnel allegedly fired at them in the lawn of one of the residential houses in Anchidora, following protests in the area. The victims included Ishtiyaq Ahmed S/O Ahmadullah Khanday, 15, a class 10 student of SK Colony, Imtiyaz Ahmed Itoo, 17, son of Abdul Ahad Itoo of Watergam, Dialgam, working in a bakery shop and Shujat-ul-Islam, 17, son of Late Muhammad Ashraf Baba, a class 12 student of Anchidora were among the killed.
Following widespread protests in the town over the killings, the government ordered an magisterial enquiry into the incident the report of which is expected to be furnished within few days. Police also formed its own enquiry team to probe the incident and appointed DSP (DR) as an enquiry officer.
Meanwhile, the Islamabad Bar Association has expressed its dissatisfaction over the investigation process and has accused the police of shielding the culprits.
“Even after a lapse of almost a month, no FIR has been lodged against the police personnel and the preliminary report blaming the un-identified gun men for the incident stands unchanged,” said the President of the Islamabad Bar Association, Fayaz Ahmad Saudagar.
Saudgar blamed the police investigating agency of delaying the identification parade of the police officials responsible for the killings, despite having enough evidence against them.
“The investigation as per law should have begun with the seizing of the bullet proof Rakhshak vehicle which was used by the killer cops when they chased the youth inside the SK colony and reached the by-lane leading towards Anchidora. However, nothing of that sort has been done,” said Saudagar.
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