KARACHI: Fresh investigations into an alleged shootout in January on Shahrah-e-Faisal, which led to the death of an innocent young man, Maqsood, who was travelling in a rickshaw and came in the crossfire between bandits and police, declared the incident a fake encounter, according to report by a private media outlet.
Maqsood was travelling with his rickshaw driver friend, Abdul Rauf, when the firing started and he was killed after being hit by a police bullet.
The police initially accused Maqsood of being the bandit’s accomplice however after the victim’s family came forward with alternate facts, the police came up with another claim that the victim was actually killed by the held bandits who attacked the police and that the rickshaw was hit in the crossfire.
Finally, after more than a month-long process, the truth came out; putting a question mark on the city police force, which appears to have become more aggressive in engaging fleeing suspects in encounters.
The family of Maqsood and rights activists had demanded a transparent and smooth probe into the case accusing police of committing murder in broad daylight.