KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) was informed on Friday that law enforcers were conducting operations in the city against criminals in accordance with relevant laws. Where law enforcement officers found deviated from the procedures laid down in the laws, strict disciplinary action is taken against them.
This was stated in a report submitted by Sindh Police in response to the court’s queries regarding a mechanism under which the search operations were being carried out in Karachi. SHC division bench headed by Justice Ahmed Ali M Shaikh was hearing a petition filed by Fakhruddin who sought recovery of his son, Arshad, who has been missing since March 2013.
DIG South submitted a report stating that the operation is being conducted against criminals by the police and Rangers personnel in accordance with relevant provision of Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) and Anti Terrorism Act 1997.
The report said that the police conduct raids on the basis of information regarding the presence of suspects involved in any heinous crimes. The raids are also conducted for recovery of illicit weapons after tip-offs and the police personnel produce suspects before court of law within 24 hours.
It said that suspects arrested during search operations conducted by the police and Rangers jointly are handed over to police for investigation except those detained for 90 days under the ATA 1997. Police officers conduct investigations in accordance with relevant provisions of Criminal Procedure Code 1898.
“The reports pertaining to missing persons are taken very seriously. FIRs are registered and the cases are investigated diligently and senior officers supervise investigations into such cases and regular progress reports are submitted in the concerned courts,” explained the report.
Rangers submitted two notifications issued by the interior and provincial home departments for deployment of paramilitary forces in the Karachi division for its functions specified under the Anti Terrorism Act 1997.
After taking on record the comments and two notifications submitted by the two forces, the court adjourned the hearing of case to a date later be fixed by court office.
Meanwhile, the Sindh High Court (SHC) has directed the provincial police chief on Friday to ensure that no false case was registered against innocent people associated with Thatta’s Sheerazi family at the behest of influential persons.
This direction came on a petition filed by Ahmed Bux Vico and two others, residents of Sujawal, Thatta, who moved the court against SSPs of Thatta and Sujawal, and their subordinates for persecuting them by implicating them in criminal cases allegedly at the behest of the ruling party.
The petitioner’s counsel said that his clients, who were ardent supporters of Thatta-based Sheerazi family, had been victimised by the police and the city administration for their allegiance to the Sheerazi family.
“Three petitioners were implicated in false cases relating to stealing of canal water for irrigation,” he said, adding that more than a hundred cases were registered against the supporters of the Sheerazi family due to political rivalry.
The counsel told the judges that following the directions of higher and superior courts, DIG Police Bashir Ahmed Memon conducted an investigation into the cases and found that except two or three FIRs, the rest of cases were false and fabricated.
The judges noted, “It appears that a number of innocent people of Thatta, particularly Sujawal, are being dragged into concocted cases and the local police is playing in the hands of some influential people of the area.”
The court therefore directed the provincial police chief to personally look into the matter and ensure that no victimisation whatsoever is continued against the poor villagers who have been made a victim due to the political rivalry of the area’s high-ups. It further directed IG Sindh to ensure that investigation into cases 45, 129, 50 and 56 of 2014 is entrusted to SSP West Syed Pir Muhammad Shah, who shall personally conduct an investigation and submit a report.
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