Police detain relatives for a week to lure in a criminal, now face outrage
SUKKUR: The residents of Larkana’s Lahori Mohalla knew something was not right. They had noticed suspicious activities around a house in the neighbourhood. Their suspicions proved to be spot on. When media teams raided the house late Sunday night they found six captives inside – four of them were men, one woman and one toddler.
The people recovered were, Yasmeen, the wife of Asghar Ali Mirbahar. The toddler was their two-year-old son, Murtaza. The four men were her brothers, Ghulam Sarwar Mirbahar, Mashooq Ali Mirbahar and Hubdar Ali Mirbahar and Imdad Chandio.
The captives alleged that they had been arrested by the police eight days ago, on July 1. Since then, they were kept in this house without a case being registered against them.
However, the police say that the people were caught on Sunday. The case was registered late Sunday night, after the raid, when the captives were shifted to Civil Lines police station. The four men were booked for their alleged involvement in kidnapping the boy on June 25. The Larkana SSP has ordered an inquiry into the matter.
On the other hand, the Larkana ASP Nadeem Qureshi said that the media’s version of the events was ‘baseless and fabricated’. He said that the police raided Mohammad Nawaz Mirbahar’s house and arrested his three sons for investigation. According to ASP Qureshi, Yasmeen was not arrested but she accompanied her brothers forcefully.
On Sunday night, the detainees were taken to Lahori Muhalla for an identification parade. The police left all of them in the house of a policeman and went to call on the relatives of Sajid, the boy who was kidnapped. Qureshi said that the media had given the story a wrong twist. However, the SSP has ordered an inquiry into the matter. “I am carrying out an investigation and will submit the report to the SSP within three days.”