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Wednesday Nov 08 2017

Police yet to start inquiry into Faisalabad 'encounter'


FAISALABAD: Police have yet to start an inquiry into an alleged encounter conducted in broad daylight against an injured suspect in Faisalabad, who, according to unverified mobile footage, appeared to be surrounded and not visibly armed.

The relatives of the deceased claim that police filed bogus cases against Asif Sardar, the suspect, as he had married the daughter of a police officer against his wishes.

The suspect's brother, Shahid, said: "My brother was killed in a fake encounter. There was no case registered against him. He was killed because he married a girl of his choice, who happens to be the daughter of a police officer."

Police maintained that they signaled three men riding a motorcycle in Gulberg area to pull over, but they opened fire on them. 

Two of the suspects fled the scene amid the ensuing exchange of fire. One suspect, who was injured during the episode, was subsequently surrounded by the law enforcers.

In the meantime, a plain-clothed man appeared and fired three shots killing the injured suspect on the spot. Police claim the suspect was armed and could have fired on them.

But the mobile phone footage of the incident appears not to show the suspect, who laid on the footpath, carrying a firearm.

The deceased was wanted in several cases including three robberies in Gujranwala, according to the police.