KARACHI: A district magistrate on Monday sent Ghulam Azad, one of the suspected robbers in the Gizri ‘encounter’ case, on a 14-day remand after he was presented in court by the police.
Judicial Magistrate (south) Noor Mohammad Kalmati remanded the suspect to police custody till January 15 after the case was presented in court on Monday.
Aside from issuing a 14-day judicial remand under Section 173 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), Kalmati also asked the investigation officer to complete the investigation and submit a report at the next hearing.
The police on Sunday had registered two separate First Information Reports (FIRs) against the suspected robbers, one of whom was shot dead in the ‘encounter’.
The special duty magistrate had given a one-day remand of the accused on Sunday. In the absence of area magistrates on Sundays, a special duty magistrate one of whom is posted at every district conducts urgent magisterial work on behalf of the judicial district.
Zakaria, a 25-year old youth, was shot dead and Azad wounded in a shoot-out with the police near Gizri on Friday night. But Zakaria’s family and Azad claim that the shoot-out was fake and orchestrated by the police.
Zakaria’s family have rejected the police’s claims, and argue that Zakaria was killed for ‘cash’ and the two ‘precious mobile phones’ he was carrying.
However, Gizri Station House Officer (SHO) Latif said that Zakaria and Azad, were fleeing on a motorbike after committing a robbery on Khayaban-i-Rahat in Defence when they were intercepted by the police near Gizri stop, off Khayaban-i-Jami.
“Zakaria was killed and Azad was wounded in the encounter,” said the SHO He added that two pistols were seized from their custody.
The police also claimed to have recovered three snatched mobile phones. Zakaria’s family is considering filing a petition before the Sindh High Court, and his brother said that relatives and neighbours will hold a protest demonstration at the Karachi Press Club on Monday.