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Ahmadi leader’s murder in Ferozewala : Police yet to ‘book’ suspects in custody
By Rana Tanveer
LAHORE: The ‘arrest’ of four people in connection with an Ahmadi leader’s murder was meant to merely pacify the bereaved family, as police have not made the case against them official, nor have their names been mentioned in any paperwork. In addition, the men are yet to be interrogated, Ferozewala police sources told Daily Times on Monday.
On January 13, Ferozewala police arrested Muhammad Ahmed Faridi, Inamullah, Ashraf and Haji Arshad, for their involvement in the January 5 murder of a local Ahmadi leader, Muhammad Yousaf.
Sources said police had arrested the men only to placate the aggrieved party, but had not fulfilled all the legal formalities.
They said certain influential individuals were pressing police not to book them and keep them in lock for some time before declaring them innocent and releasing them without presenting them in court.
When contacted, Ferozewala Deputy Superintendent of Police Tariq Gujjar avoided comment on the issue.
Fatehul Din, son of the slain Ahmadi leader Muhammad Yousaf, told Daily Times that police was using ‘delaying tactics’ to hush up the case. “The police are probably serious about pursuing the matter, but certain influential politicians are pressing them to hush it up.”
Din said he had even submitted a proof of the accused’s involvement in the case to the investigation officer, adding that he had pictures proving the men in custody were provoking locals against Ahmadis in the area.
He said there had been no development in the investigation as police had been restrained from performing their duties. Din said the accused were given ‘undue protocol’ at the police station.
His counsel, Muhammad Abu Bakar, told Daily Times that according to Section 167(2) of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), police were bound to produce the accused before a magistrate for a physical remand within 24 hours of the arrest.