Committee set up to probe ‘snake’s presence in Haleem’s cell’

Staff Reporter

AIG Ghulam Nabi Memon has constituted a committee to probe into the claim of a deadly snake being found in opposition leader in the Sindh Assembly Haleem Adil Sheikh’s cell at the Special Investigation Unit’s (SIU’s) Saddar centre, where he was detained following his arrest over charges of interfering in the election process in Malir’s PS-88.

The committee is headed by Crime Investigation Agency investigation DIG Arif Hanif and includes Korangi SSP Faisal Abdullah Chachar and City SSP Sarfaraz Nawaz as members.
As part of the initial investigation, the committee has visited and inspected the cell where Haleem was kept and its surroundings.

The Karachi police chief had earlier said he had sought a report on the matter from DIG Hanif, after Haleem, who is also the vice-president of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf in Sindh, claimed on Friday that a four feet-long black cobra was left in his cell in a deliberate attempt to kill him.

“This was done on the directives of Pakistan Peoples Party Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah,” he had alleged, adding that the snake was seen and photographed by policemen as well.

Meanwhile, sources in the police maintain that such incidents are common at the SIU centre in Saddar.

The sources, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told The Express Tribune that Haleem had informed them about the presence of a snake in his lock-up at around 7.30 am on Friday.

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