SHC seeks whereabouts of four missing persons


KARACHI: Sindh High Court (SHC) on Friday directed director general Rangers, provincial police chief and other officials of Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) to submit their respective reports on whereabouts of four missing men allegedly kept in illegal detention by LEAs and their involvement in crimes.A division bench headed by Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar gave this direction while hearing two identical petitions seeking court directives to LEAs to trace out the four missing men. The bench also issued notice to secretary interior ministry, home secretary, director general Rangers, IG Sindh and other official respondents to file comments on petition by July 10.One petition was filed by Sajjad Alam, who submitted that his brother Shahzad Alam, uncle Saeedur Rehman and cousin Khawaja Alam were taken away by LEAs personnel from their houses in Maripur, a neighborhood of the city, on July 26. The petitioner alleged that LEAs men were demanding Rs 2 million bribe for their release. He said that they had threatened that if he failed to arrange the amount and fulfill their demand, they would implicate his relatives in heinous crimes.He requested the court to directed LEAs personnel to produce captives before court and order action against them for holding citizens for ransom.The woman petitioner, Shamim Jehan, submitted in petition that her son Muhammad Qasim Ali Khan left home on May 16 to perform his duty but did not return home. She said that he was missing since then and apprehended that her son was detained by LEAs. She pleaded the court to direct police to trace out her son. 

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