Islamabad ATC grills police team over sketchy evidence in Osama Satti shooting case

Islamabad anti-terrorism court (ATC) criticizes police team over incomplete evidence

Islamabad anti-terrorism court (ATC) accused the police investigation officer in the fatal shooting case of 22-year-old Osama Satti of colluding with the suspects.

ATC Judge Raja Jawad Abbas Hassan led the hearing in which the five suspects, all of whom are policemen, were presented in court in the murder case of Osama Satti.

The ATC granted a week-long physical remand of the five police officers arrested involved in the youth’s murder in the capital city. The accused include Mudassar Iqbal, Shakeel Ahmed, Muhammad Mustafa, Iftikhar Ahmed and Saeed Ahmed.

Fatal shooting

Osama was killed on January 2 on Kashmir/Srinagar Highway after police opened fire at his car and he received multiple bullet wounds. Police said they mistook the 21-year-old student’s car for that of a fleeing robber. However, the victim’s father in the report filed at the Ramna police station claimed that his son Osama had a quarrel with officials a day earlier who had threatened him with dire consequences.

Incomplete evidence

During the hearing on Wednesday, the judge grilled the police investigating team when he was told that pictures of the seat and bullet exit points were not taken/available. “Where is the picture of the seat on which the bullet hit him?” the judge inquired.

“What [do you] mean the picture has not been taken, this means you all are involved [together],” the judge said. The court ordered that all the missing material be made part of the record. The judge further enquired: “ What was the purpose of the shooting? Every time a car doesn’t stop will you start shooting?”.

The complainant’s lawyer, Raja Faisal Younis, alleged the police were “tampering with records and evidence”.

The police informed the court that a joint investigation team to probe the matter had been formed and a judicial inquiry was also being carried out.

Students and family demand justice

Two days ago, Islamabad youth and Osama’s friends and family protested against the killing of the 21-year-old in front of the National Press Club (NCP), demanding justice, fair inquiry, and to punish those responsible in an exemplary manner.

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