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December 1, 2011

DG Rangers told to disclose details of missing persons:

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December 1, 2011

The Sindh High Court ordered the Director General Rangers (Sindh) to submit complete details of the persons taken into custody during crackdown in Kunwari Colony in December last year.
A division bench, comprising Chief Justice Mushir Alam and Justice Ahmed Ali M. Sheikh, passed this order when police officers claimed that five missing persons had been detained by Rangers, who denied the police claim.
On Wednesday, Let. Col. Saiful Islam, Commander Wing 41, Sachal, submitted that these petitioners were not detained by his wing on December 7, 2010. He stated that Rangers were available with police on the day for giving backup to the police, which had made these arrests.
Sub-inspector Jameel Akhtar of Peerabad police station denied Rangers commander’s claim, stating that those persons were arrested by the Rangers.
The SHC’s division bench directed the DG Rangers to file complete details of these arrests. It also directed provincial law officer to bring such exceptions to the notice of provincial home secretary so as to regulate the mechanism for conducting raids by Rangers and handing over the arrested persons to concerned police for taking appropriate action on their part.
Petitioner Muhammad Zaman with five others approached the SHC, seeking the whereabouts of their relatives Muhammad Suleman, Pirzada, Muhammad Tahir, Aaya Khan, Ayaz Khan, Baseen Khan, Farhanullah and Bakhmani Khan.
They stated that these missing persons were taken away by law enforcement agencies personnel during a raid in Kunwari Colony, Manghopir, during which hundreds of people were taken into custody on December 7, 2010.
They prayed the court to direct Sindh Home Secretary, DG Rangers, Section Officer ISI and SHO Peerabad police station to produce the detenues with complete details of cases, if any, registered against them.

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