CHAKWAL: Two suspects in various murders were shot and killed by four unknown individuals near the office of the Talagang additional district and sessions judge on Tuesday.
Both suspects were in police custody when they were attacked by four men. The four police officials who had custody of the deceased have been suspended by the district police officer.
According to police sources, Ghulam Habib and his brother Ghulam Dastgir were allegedly involved in seven murders. The brothers were from the Bidhar village, in the Tamman police area.
A police official alleged they had shot and killed their uncle and their mother in 2007, because they suspected that their mother had an illicit relationship with their uncle.
The official said they strangled their mother and made it appear as if she had committed suicide, and killed their uncle, dismembered his body and discarded it in a dam in Bhagtal village.
In 2009, the police official alleged, they shot and killed their sister and her six-month-old son.
“Their brother-in-law told them their sister had an extramarital relationship with his elder brother. At this, they not only murdered their sister but also killed their six-month-old nephew,” the official said.
In 2013, they were accused of murdering their brother-in-law Irfan’s elder brother Farooq, and in 2015 they allegedly killed Farooq and Irfan’s uncle Ahmed Hussain.
Both the deceased had been declared proclaimed offenders by the police.
“During their escape, Ghulam Dastgir took his wife with him, but when both the suspects were arrested in 2016, the woman was not with them. During the investigation, Dastgir revealed that he had also killed his wife,” a police officer said.
The two brothers and the family of their deceased sister were also involved in a land dispute, and many other criminal cases had also been registered against the deceased.
District Police Officer Mohammad Haroon Joiya told Dawn that he suspended four police officials who were deputed with the suspects, and all four officials would face departmental action. The police had not registered an FIR at the time this report was filed.
Published in Dawn, September 6th, 2017