Six members of the Anti-Car Lifting Cell (ACLC) in Karachi were taken into custody for allegedly shooting and killing a young man in Defence Housing Authority on Saturday night, police said.
According to Senior Superintendent Police ACLC Muqaddas Haider, ACLC officials had asked Intizar Ahmed, 25, to stop his car. When he didn’t stop the car, they opened fire on the vehicle, the SP added. Ahmed died of multiple gunshot wounds.
However, officials had earlier claimed that armed assailants on a motorcycle had attacked Intizar’s car in the Khayaban-i-Ittehad area.
The SP said that six ACLC officials had been taken into custody after the incident.
Ishtiaq Ahmed, the victim’s father, was accompanied by his sister and lawyer Muhammad Asif Khudai at a press conference in Karachi, where they demanded justice for Intizar.
Intizar, who had been studying in Malaysia, returned to Karachi in November. He had no political ties, the family and their counsel told the media. They added that he had visited his friends prior to the accident.
Ishtiaq said that the car was registered in his son’s name.
A first information report (FIR) has been registered against unidentified individuals, and the family has not nominated anyone in the FIR.
An initial probe revealed that Intizar was not travelling alone. However, the person in the car with him disappeared from the crime scene after the incident, and their identity has not been ascertained as yet.
Khudai dismissed media reports that a female had been in the car with Intizar. “To our knowledge, there was no girl with him, and no such woman or girl has contacted us.”
He added that he had not been informed by police of any ACLC personnel being arrested.
Ishtiaq and Khudai denied that alcohol, government license plates and political parties’ flags had been recovered from the victim’s car.
Sindh Chief Minister Murad Shah took notice of the press conference and summoned the additional inspector general, deputy inspector general South and others to CM House, according to a statement issued by CM House.
The AIG told CM Shah that the FIR had been registered in the presence of Ishtiaq Ahmed and police had arrested ACLC officials. He added that police are investigating the matter.
CM Shah directed police officials to discuss the evidence recovered with the family of the deceased and to conduct the investigation in a professional manner.
He asked the senior officials to arrest any police officers involved in the incident and asked for daily reports regarding the matter.