SHC orders probe into ransom taken by police

KARACHI: Sindh High Court (SHC) on Friday ordered DIG police crime branch to conduct an incisive inquiry into the allegations levelled against two police officials belonging to crime branch for detaining two citizens for ransom.

A single bench of SHC comprising Chief Justice Maqbool Baqar gave direction while hearing the petition filed by two businessmen Naseer Ahmed and Zafar Hassan Khan, who pleaded to the court to order action against cops for allegedly kidnapping and harassing them.

The petitioners submitted that they were involved in the business relating to auctioning different articles in Saddar Market. They alleged that Inspector Den Muhammad Mazari belonging to crime branch arrested their three employees Riaz, Afzal and Rehmat and demanded ransom for their release. They submitted that upon paying Rs70,000 ransom their employees were released.

The petitioner, Zafar Hassan Khan, told the court that ASI Zafar Iqbal came at shop on October 30 and took away him with other four employees. He said that cop demanded Rs 500,000 ransom and threatened him of dire consequences on refusal.

He told the judge that later he was released after Rs 200,000 ransom payment. The petitioners prayed to the court to order legal action against such police officials and restrain them from harassing citizens.

While observing that allegations set forth in petition was of serious nature, the court directed DIG police crime branch to conduct an incisive inquiry into the allegations and submit detailed and comprehensive report within 15 days.

The court also directed DIG to take legal action against two police officials if he finds two officers guilty.