Four cops awarded six months jail term over fake encounter

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The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday found four police officials guilty of staging a fake encounter and sentenced them to six-month imprisonment, it has been learnt. Assistant sub-inspector (ASI) Najaf, head constable Rana Tariq, Bagh Ali, and SherGopang, posted at North Nazimabad police station, were taken into custody from outside the courtroom after the court pronounced the verdict. The high court also directed them to furnish a fine of Rs50,000 each. The fake shootout had taken place on August 22, 2018. On December 7, the SHC had ordered the registration of a criminal case against a police assistant sub-inspector and four other police officials for allegedly killing two suspects in a fake police encounter. According to the report submitted in the SHC, it was proven that the encounter was fake and the suspects were shot at a distance of two feet only. The shells found from the crime scene didn’t match with the weapons the police claimed to have recovered from the possession of the dead. According to the report submitted in the SHC, it was proven that the encounter was fake and the suspects were shot at a distance of two feet only. The shells found from the crime scene didn’t match with the weapons the police claimed to have recovered from the possession of the dead. The police also failed to prove charges of dacoity against the suspects. Terming the encounter as fake on the basis of the evidence, the SHC directed to register a murder case against the policemen and directed the SSP West for departmental action against the accused police party. It is to be mention here that the police claimed to kill two suspects involved in dacoities after meeting an encounter in Surjani, an area of Karachi, last year.