Judicial inquiry ordered into ‘killing’ of Usama in “fake encounter”

Usama’s father however rejected the police version of an encounter and said it was a premeditated murder, as was later endorsed by the post mortem report. He said his son was returning home, after dropping his friend at a university hostel, when the mishap happened.
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ISLAMABAD, Jan 02 (APP): Five anti-terrorist squad personnel were arrested and a judicial inquiry ordered into the alleged killing of a 22-year old in the federal capital by the police in an “encounter,” following a strong public backlash.

Usama Nadeem Satti, a resident of G-13 Islamabad, was allegedly shot dead by personnel of the Anti-Terrorist Squad in the wee hours, claiming that they were chasing some dacoits.

Bullet holes clearly visible on the car being driven by Usama Nadeem
Bullet holes clearly visible on the car being driven by Usama Nadeem

Usama’s father however rejected the police version of an encounter and said it was a premeditated murder, as was later endorsed by the post mortem report. He said his son was returning home, after dropping his friend at a university hostel, when the mishap happened.

The Islamabad Police claimed that they received a call at around 01:30 am about a robbery incident in Sector H-13 in the jurisdiction of Shams Colony Police Station and that the robbers had reportedly fled in a car.

According to the police, the ATS personnel patrolling the area on suspicion chased a vehicle with tinted glasses on Srinagar Highway.

“As the vehicle driver did not heed to the calls of ATS personnel to stop, the latter had to fire shots at the tires. Unfortunately, some bullets went astray and hit the boy driving the car, who died on the spot,” the police claimed.

Shattered windscreen of Usama's car. Police said they fired while chasing the car.
The shattered windscreen of Usama’s car. Police said they fired while chasing the car, however, the bullet holes belie police claim.

The FIR registered by the father of the deceased gave a totally different account. He said, the lad had an altercation with the police personnel a night before and they had threatened him with dire consequences.

Chief Commissioner Islamabad Amer Ali Ahmed Saturday ordered a judicial inquiry and directed Additional District Magistrate Rana Muhammad Waqas Anwar to probe the incident and submit a detailed report within five days. Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Islamabad Muhammad Aamir Zulfiqar Khan also formed a team to probe the incident.

The IG said five policemen Mudassar Mukhtar, Shakeel Ahmed, Saeed Ahmed, Muhammad Mustafa, and Iftekhar had been arrested after they were named in a first information report (FIR) lodged at Ramna Police Station.

Islamabad Police said the team led by Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Waqar-Ud-Din Syed, comprising superintendents of police CTD, Investigation, and Saddar was directed to investigate the incident from every aspect, a police spokesman said.

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