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June 11, 2021

Street criminal handed down five-year imprisonment

 
June 11, 2021

An anti-terrorism court on Thursday sentenced an accused to five years in prison after he was found guilty of robbing a man and then engaging in a shootout with police to avoid arrest.

The ATC-XX judge sentenced Kashif to a collective 17 years in prison on the charges of robbery, causing terror and possessing an unlicensed weapon, the assistant prosecutor general, Iqbal Meo Rajput, said.

The accused was arrested on September 6, 2020 in injured condition while his accomplice, Sameer, had escaped after police patrol spotted them during a street crime. According to the complainant, Syed Mohammad Hassan Salman Rizvi, he was waiting for a rickshaw on Rashid Minhas Road near Rabia Palace when two men riding on a motorcycle arrived. “One of them disembarked and on gun point snatched my wallet containing Rs6,000 and his original national identity card, and mobile phone. In the meanwhile, a police mobile appeared and the robbers started firing on them,” Rizvi testified before the court.

When the police returned fire, Kashif was wounded after a bullet hit his right hand while the other suspect sped away on his motorcycle, the prosecution added, the case against the absconder had been kept on dormant until his arrest. The prosecution presented five witnesses in support of its case. On the other hand, the accused pleaded innocence, saying he was falsely implicated in the case by the police.

The judge while pronouncing his verdict observed that the prosecution successfully established its case against the accused beyond the shadow of doubt while the accused failed to prove his innocence as he claimed.

The case was registered under sections 379 (robbery or dacoity, with attempt to cause death or grievous hurt), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 324 (attempt to commit Qatl-i-Amd), 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the Pakistan Penal Code read with section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act at the Aziz Bhatti police station.