Rawalpindi - Police yesterday lodged a murder case against four police officers , including Station House Officer (SHO) Police Station Saddar Bairooni, on charges of killing a citizen in a ‘fake encounter’ on the Girja Road in 2015.

The accused police officers against whom the murder case was registered on orders of the Lahore High Court (LHC) Rawalpindi Bench included SHO PS Saddar Bairooni/Inspector Malik Muhammad Yar and three sub inspectors Raja Ammad, Jahangir Bhatti, and Khalil Bhatti. A lady Sabiha Bibi, wife of deceased Abdul Haq, in her complaint had alleged that the police arrested her husband on June 6, 2015 from their house at Chakri Road in Rawalpindi.

She said that the police told her that her husband was arrested in connection with a case of dacoity and murder. She said that Saddar Bairooni police arrested her husband in the case of murder of son of Saith Azam, a prominent local leader of the PML-N. She noted that the police also arrested her brother Jamshed Khan on the same charges.

She added that later the police released Jamshaid and arrested his brother Farhan. The complainant said that SI Raja Ammad asked her to pay Rs 400, 000 for safe release of Abdul Haq.

The lady further alleged that the police told her father Jamrud Khan that they needed to visit District Headquarter Hospital (DHQ) to collect dead body of Abdul Haq. She said that later the police registered a case of police encounter saying that Abdul Haq was shot dead in the encounter with police on Girja Road.

Sabiha Bibi had to approach the Lahore High Court’s Rawalpindi Bench for registration of murder case after the police refused to register the case.

LHC Rawalpindi Bench Justice Abdul Sami Khan, on April 7, 2016, directed the city police officer to register the murder case against the policemen. The complainant along with her lawyer met Regional Police Officer Wisal Fakhar Sultan Raja for registration of the case on April 12. Taking action, police lodged a murder case against four cops while SI Arif Hussain from Homicide Investigation Unit has been appointed as the investigation officer of the case.