Two senior Sukkur police officers have been held responsible on Sunday for the death in custody of a lawyer belonging to Faisalabad. Lawyer Ijaz Arayan was killed in a Sukkur police private detention centre in August 2020 and later his body thrown into the Bhong area of Sadiqabad.
In an inquiry report prepared by DIG Naeem Shaikh, the Sindh police have confirmed the direct involvement of SSP Sukkur Irfan Samon, DSP Masood Rasool Mahar and others in the murder of the Faisalabad lawyer and recommended strict legal and departmental action against them.
After the inquiry report, the Sindh police served a show-cause notice on SSP Samon and recommended sending references against them to Sindh Services and General Administration Department (S&GAD) and the federal government’s Establishment Division.
According to the inquiry report, the advocate from Faisalabad had a property dispute with his stepmother in Faisalabad and subsequently shifted to Sukkur. The lawyer soon became friends with an influential person of the district who had a close relationship with SSP Irfan Samon and other police officials.
Using his police contacts, the influential person allegedly managed to get registered a fake case of jewellery theft against the lawyer at Police Station Panu Aqil Cantonment to pressurise him for settling the property dispute in favour of his stepmother.
SSP Sukkur Irfan Samon directed a team of Sukkur Police on August 17, 2019 which picked the lawyer from Faisalabad.—INP