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December 16, 2019

Cops accused of shooting two suspects in custody

Karachi

December 16, 2019

Police have run into controversy over following a video circulating on social media. The video shows a man, who is right now in police custody, accusing that cops shot at him and another man after arresting them on fake chargers.

The man identifies himself as Farooq and says he is a fruit vendor. The other man, Naveed, is a barber, he says. “We were shot in arms and feet,” he alleges. While police claim that Farooq and Naveed were arrested after a shootout in Gulshan-e-Iqbal on November 30, the man has a different story to tell in the video.

He alleges that two men in plainclothes tried to intercept them but they attempted to save themselves from the unknown men. He says after a brief chase, the two men riding a motorbike fired shots in the air and managed to catch them.

They started beating us, he says, adding that soon a police mobile was called in by them. In the police mobile, they took us to a vacant ground where they blindfolded and tied up us with ropes before shooting us in our arms and feet, he alleges.

Then they took us to another location where they shot at the police mobile and later locked us up on false charges of possession of weapons. In the video, he appeals the relevant authorities to take notice of “the fake police encounter”.

On the other hand, police claim that Farooq and Naveed are habitual criminals. However, police have neither shared their alleged criminal record nor have they explained that how the video was uploaded to social media.