A judicial inquiry into the killing of 22-year-old man Usama Satti, carried out by the additional deputy commissioner Islamabad, has revealed that the young man was “shot from all directions and his death was not a mere accident.”
According to the inquiry report, Satti was not shot by a single officer of the Anti-Terrorism Squad as the police had earlier claimed. He suffered “multiple gunshots fired at him from all directions, which shows that the officers involved had every intention to kill him.”
The report further added that the news of Usama’s death was “deliberately hidden from his family for four hours and that the officers involved tried to sweep the matter under the rug”.
“The officers tried to turn the incident into a dacoity case and kept senior officials in the dark,” the report revealed, adding that “Rescue 1122 personnel trying to reach the site of the incident were repeatedly provided with the wrong location details.”
Per the judicial inquiry report, the officers present at the site of the incident did not even take any pictures. The deceased was not involved in any dacoity or criminal cases, the report said, adding that the duty officers “became part of the incident due to their irresponsible attitude”.
“Shell casings recovered from the site of the incident were sent to the forensic labs after 72 hours,” the report further detailed. “Usama’s car was shot at 22 times.”
The report said that officers who later reached the site of the incident also tried to “get rid of the evidence”.
An Anti-Terrorism Court on Wednesday granted further seven-day physical remand of five police personnel arrested in Satti’s murder case and ordered to include the wireless operator into the investigation.
The accused Mudasir Iqbal, Shakeel Ahmed, Muhammad Mustafa, Saeed Ahmed and Iftikhar Ahmed were presented before the ATC by the police after their three-day physical remand.
The Investigation Officer Muhammad Azam informed the court that the official weapons had been withdrawn from the accused besides recording their statements by the joint investigation team.
Following the recommendations of judicial inquiry, Prime Minister Imran Khan has ordered the removal of several police officials, including the superintendent of police Anti-Terrorism Squad, SP Investigation on night duty, and the deputy superintendent of police (DSP) on night duty.
The Prime Minister has also directed departmental action against all the officers and personnel who have been removed from their posts.
Meanwhile, Nadeem Younis Satti, father of late Usama Satti called on Prime Minister Imran Khan at PM house Islamabad on Wednesday.
Commiserating with the bereaved family, the Prime Minister prayed for the departed soul of Usama Satti.
Regretting the despicable incident, the Prime Minister assured provision of complete justice to the father of Usama Satti.
On the other hand, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad telephoned father of Usama Satti and assured him of an independent investigation into the murder.
The Interior Minister said it is the decision of the Prime Minister and the cabinet to take forward the investigation as per the satisfaction of the father of Usama Satti. He said that the most important thing is satisfaction of Usama’s family with the inquiry. An inquiry by judge of high court can also be ordered if they want, he added,
The Interior Minister once again strongly condemned the murder of Usama Satti.