TAXILA: Despite cases of custodial deaths in Punjab and government’s claims to bring reforms in the police working, nothing seems improving on the ground.
A suspect booked in a land fraud case has been under the custody of Taxila police since Aug 30 but he has not been produced in any court. Under the law, police have to produce any suspect before a court within 24 hours of his arrest to seek his custody for questioning.
Sources said Najeebullah Khan was arrested by Mianwali police on Aug 30 and handed over to the Taxila police in connection with an illegal land transfer case.
According to the sources, the suspect was booked by the Taxila police on Aug 19 on the complaint of assistant director land record Taxila circle Aqib Javaid.
The revenue official told the police that a land developer, Mozzam Ali Gorya, through Khan got a piece of land transferred in his name on Feb 26, 2018.
The official said verification and vetting of the revenue records showed that the documents submitted for the land transfer were fake.
The police on the recommendation of the assistant commissioner Taxila lodged an FIR against the the two suspects. But the suspects went into hiding.On Aug 30, Khan was traced in Mianwali and arrested. But the police have not yet shown his arrest.
When SP Potohar Syed Ali was contacted, he confirmed to Dawn that the suspect was under custody of the police.
He said the investigation officer could keep a suspect under custody until the probe is completed.
He said the IO was waiting for a reply from the revenue department.
After the reply is received, the police would either document his arrest or set him free, he added.
A transformer was stolen from the limits of Taxila police.
A resident informed the police that owing to the theft of the transformer the area was without electricity.
The police registered a case and started an investigation.