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Escape of 'Jundullah men'.

Pakistan, June 25 -- Probe report says constable may be abettor

KARACHI: Investigators suspect that a police constable might have abetted the four under-trial prisoners (UTPs), believed to be members of banned outfit Jundullah, in their recent escape from the city courts premises, an inquiry report has revealed.

The report said Murad Shah, Murtaza, Shakeeb and Wazeer were brought from Karachi Central Jail along with other prisoners to the lockup in city courts.

The custody of the accused men was handed over to police constables Imran Nazir and Shahbaz of the court police.

Shahbaz was armed with a government SMG of court police whereas Nazir was carrying his own TT pistol. Nazir in his initial statement said the UTPs fired a few shots from his pistol. The report said it needed to be verified if Nazir's pistol was snatched by the UTPs and used in the incident.

The report further said the UTPs were brought to the city courts on seven different dates in the month of June in different cases. On five out of seven occasions, Nazir was put on duty with them, which needs to be probed.

According to the report, Nazir was charged with abetting the escape of a UTP before. It said the proceedings in all courts finished at 1pm, while the firing incident happened at around 3:10pm and it was inexplicable as to why the accused men were kept in the compound during this time and not shifted to the court lockup.

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Publication:Daily Times (Lahore, Pakistan)
Date:Jun 25, 2010
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