SHC directs proper probe in missing persons’ cases

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) has directed director general Rangers and city police chief to look into the matters of missing persons with extra care and caution as there were number of complaints and first investigation reports (FIRs) registered against LEAs personnel regarding illegal arrest and detention of missing men.

Two-judge bench, seized with the petition filed by one Fakhruddin seeking whereabouts of his son Arshad, who has been missing since March 10, 2013, ordered that all possible efforts shall be made to trace out whereabouts of all such missing men.

Justice Aqeel Ahmed Abbasi, who headed a division bench, directed standing counsel for provincial government to submit details of search operation being conducted in different parts of Karachi by law enforcement agencies (LEAs) and persons arrested by them.

The court instructed counsel to appraise the court of mechanism of LEAs conducting raids in different areas of city with details including legal approval for conducting such raids, arrests made by them and legal course adopted in respect of raids.

Counsel for the petitioner submitted that Arshad was picked up by LEAs personnel from his house in Usmanabad in presence of people of the area. He said that on directives of court an FIR regarding missing of petitioner’s son was registered against officials of Rangers and Police; however, no action was taken against such officers.

SI Shahbaz of Garden police station appeared and furnished a report in respect of missing Arshad. He said that FIR was registered against unknown officials of LEAs, which was being investigated and report under section 173 CrPc has been submitted to Judicial Magistrate for disposal of case in ‘A class’, which was subsequently, allowed on August 24, 2013.

The bench noted that no progress whatsoever had been made to trace out the whereabouts of missing man who was reportedly missing for more than a year.

Hearing of case was adjourned till June 24.

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