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SC orders probe into recovery of bodies in Balochistan

06 April, 2012

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QUETTA: The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday ordered the Balochistan Police and Levies to investigate into dumping of bullet-riddled bodies in various parts of the province and compensate the aggrieved families.

The Balochistan Police inspector general (IG) was also ordered to take action or arrest the provincial ministers involved in kidnappings for ransom.

A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry issued these orders while hearing a constitutional petition filed by the Balochistan High Court Bar Association regarding law and order situation in the province. The bench also comprised Justice Khilji Arif Hussain and Justice Tariq Pervez.

Police submitted Balochistan Home Minister Zafar Zehri's statement about the involvement of ministers in kidnappings for ransom. However, the minister had not disclosed the names of the ministers in his statement.

The court ordered the IG to collect Zehri's both statements that he gave to the police and media and take action against the ministers.

The court said the minister could be disqualified if his statement were wrong.

The CJP said the kidnappings for ransom incidents were on the rise with each passing day. Justice Chaudhry said, "Had the police done its job with complete responsibility there would have been nothing or no crime."

The court ordered the police to recover kidnapped Hindu Doctor Rajesh Kumar and five officials of the Balochistan Rural Support Programme (BRSP).

The relatives of the missing persons, including sister of Zakir Majid, leader of Baloch Students Organisation (Azad), who is missing since June 8, 2009; daughter of Dr Din Muhammad Baloch, missing since June 20, 2009; and daughter of Balakh Sher Marri, missing along with 10 of his family members since March 1, recorded their statements before the bench.

The family members accused FC and security agencies of whisking away their loved ones and keeping them in illegal detention.

"It is really painful and a family knows the misery that experienced such tragic incidents. This is creating hatred. They must be arrested and their cases be proceed as per with the law if they were involved in any crime," the CJP observed.

The CJP lashed out at the IG and the Investigation Wing deputy inspector general when Marri's daughter informed the bench that her father and 10 other family members were whisked away by armed men in uniforms during a raid at her residence near Sariab Mill on March 1.

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