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Accused in torture case still at large

HYDERABAD, March 26: The Hatri police have released four servants of the Shoros who had been picked up to mount pressure on the nominated accused to surrender themselves to authorities in the policeman Ali Hassan Solangi torture case.

Their were released, reportedly, on orders of a senior police officer, who is reportedly have received a phone call from a PPP MPA-elect, who is likely to be inducted in the Sindh cabinet.

Police sources said that four men, including Ghulam Sarwar, Wazir and Hakim, had been picked up by police on the day when Ali Hassan Solangi, a process server of Pinyari police station, was kidnapped and subjected to inhuman torture.

One of the detained men was a gunman of the Shoros while others were closely associated with them.

Meanwhile, none of the accused has been picked up by Hatri police for interrogation in the case.

Qasimabad Taluka Nazim Noor Mohammad Shoro, his brother and Qasimabad Union Council-4 Nazim Deedar Shoro, Jam Khan Shoro, the son of Deedar Shoro, and others are the accused.

“The Shoros, including the taluka nazim, got information that police are likely to pick them up, therefore, they slipped,” said a police source.

Hatri Police Station SHO Habibullah Chand, who was also holding additional charge of Supervising Investigating Officer (SIO), was the investigating officer of the case. Now he has been replaced by Agha Abdul Majeed as Hatri SIO by authorities.

Jam Khan Shoro has called this correspondent from Islamabad and claimed that he had falsely been implicated in this case and his father was a heart patient and admitted in a hospital in Karachi following a cardiac surgery.

“There is some problem in his grafted veins that’s why he is admitted while I am in Islamabad since March 23,” Jam Shoro said.

Being closely associated with former Sindh chief minister Arbab Ghulam Rahim, Jam Khan Shoro was Pakistan Muslim League candidate on PS-47 seat in recent elections. However, he defected from PML to PPP in presence of PPP Chairperson Benazir Bhutto during a public meeting on Dec 17.

Reports said that he found his way into the PPP through good offices of Dr Zulfikar Mirza, now MPA-elect of the party and is likely to hold a portfolio in Sindh cabinet.

A police official said that since the four detained men were not the accused, neither their remand was obtained nor they were shown arrested.

Meanwhile, the tortured policeman has been shifted to Jamshoro hospital for major surgery. His eyesight seemed to have been affected because some acid was thrown on his face.

The cause of torturing Solangi was said to be an incident took place in non-party Local Bodies elections in 2005.At UC-4 of Qasimabad’s Khabbar Khero female polling station a scuffle took place between PPP activists and the Shoros.

It was told that police had beaten Deedar Shoro while stripping him in public. Shoros had been nursing a grudge over this against Ali Hassan Solangi since as he was on duty there and had an altercation with Deedar Shoro.

Quoting Solangi, his nephew alleged in an FIR that Jam Khan Shoro had thrown acid on her face while others had chopped off both his hands from wrists and he was fired upon on his thigh.
Source: Dawn