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Zakaria’s killing raises questions over police encounters

KARACHI, 02 JAN, (DNA) – Questions are raised over police encounters after they killed a student in Gizri area of the metropolis, declaring him a dacoit.

Mother of the accused has said that her son Zakaria returned a few days ago from Malaysia, where she said he was studying.

She said Zakarya was set to get married next year and for wedding arrangements he went to an ATM near Teen Talwar area for cash withdrawal after which he was stopped by the police and got killed.

The father of the slain young man Zakria, has said that his son had arrived from Malaysia on 22nd December. He went to an ATM to withdraw cash when police killed him in a fake encounter. Zakaria’s parents are also in possession of his passport which shows he had been issued Malaysia’s visa.

Zakaria’s father demanded the arrest of accused policemen in the encounter and registration of FIR against them. He also said that his son’s past was not tainted with any criminal activities and he had gone to Malaysia to seek education and had returned to meet with his relatives.

Contrary to the version of the family, police claimed that Zakaria and his accomplices were involved in street crimes. They were looting people when police challenged them and in an encounter Zakaria was killed, while his accomplice was arrested in an injured condition.

SSP South claimed an action was taken against the accused on a complaint. He said that a snatched mobile phone and weapon were also recovered from the possession of the accused.

The SSP further stated that a new inquiry would be conducted for satisfaction of Zakaria’s family members.

Yesterday, the police claimed to have killed a dacoit and injured his aide in a police encounter in Gizri area. The deceased was identified as Zakarya, who police said was involved in street crimes.

Zakaria’s family stated that they would take legal action against police, once police issued them the document of handing over the body.

Further investigation of the incident is underway, police officials said. =DNA


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