Rawalpindi - A departmental probe into the murder of a 22-year-old man, who was shot dead at Chaklala on October 20, 2016, yesterday suggested the involvement of a serving police officer in the heinous crime.

The deceased was identified as Muhammad Amir, who was posted in Police Station Pirwadhai as national volunteer.

Airport police registered the murder case against three accused Gulshad, Bilal and Ishtiaq on the complaint of Muhammad Sajid, the brother of the deceased, on October 20 but later the complainant also accused SI Muhammad Arshad and Awais of being involved in the murder.

The CPO assigned SP (Investigation) Maria Mehmood the task to probe the murder case. The SP in her inquiry report declared SI Muhammad Arshad guilty and recommended action against him.

According to the contents of the FIR lodged with PS Airport under section 302/24, a man namely Muhammad Sajid appeared before PS Airport officials and lodged a complaint that SI Muhammad Arshad called him on October 20 at 12:15am and told him that his (Sajid) brother Muhammad Amir had committed suicide at parking lot of Hotel Zam Zam by shooting into his head. He told police that he rushed to the scene and found the dead body of his brother lying in a pool of blood while Muhammad Awais and Muhammad Shafique were standing near the dead body. He mentioned in the complaint that he was informed by Muhammad Awais that Amir along with Gulshad, Ishtiaq and Bilal were drinking alcohol in a house at Chaklala. Muhammad Sajid accused Gulshad, Bilal and Ishtiaq of killing his brother and sought legal action against them. Police penned in murder case and started investigation without nabbing any accused.

DSP Civil Line Circle Farhan Aslam, who was leading the investigation, told The Nation police took SI Muhammad Arshad, Awais, Gulshad, Ishtiaq and Bilal into custody after the mother and brother of deceased accused them as murderers of Muhammad Amir during investigation. However, later it was suggested during investigation that SI Arshad killed Muhammad Amir with his official pistol after a quarrel on some issue.

The DSP said SI Arshad was involved in assaulting many teenagers including Muhammad Amir sexually. “Police had registered a case against SI Muhammad Arshad on account of sodomizing a young boy earlier and also challaned him,” the DSP said. He said police also recovered weapon used in the murder. The accused would be brought to justice, the DSP vowed.

HIU SI Malik Anwaar, when contacted, confirmed that SP Investigation declared SI Muhammad Arshad as guilty after inquiry. He, however, said police had not shown official arrest of SI.