Two retired police officials seek justice against punishment

CHITRAL: Two retired police officials on Monday appealed to the inspector general of KP police to order a review of punishment awarded to them in connection with a triple murder case.

Talking to local reporters, retired inspector Rahim Gul and sub-inspector Sardar Wali Khan said they were the investigators in the triple murder case of Osiak village registered by the Drosh police in 2014 and had recovered the weapons used in the crime by the five accused.

They said a court a few days ago handed down capital punishment on the five men after their conviction. The five men also confessed to their crime and possessing the weapons, they added.

But after the recovery of the weapons the relatives of the accused submitted an application to the then district police officer (DPO) Ghulam Hussain through Zafar Hahat, a local lawyer, on which they were suspended and their three years’ increment forfeited.

In Feb 2015, the mother of the murdered men approached the IGP and on the direction of the latter a fresh inquiry was launched which found the two police officials innocent. In December the same year, the two officials were restored on their posts.

The two former police officials said because of the action taken against them by the DPO, they suffered mental agony and their professional image was tarnished. The former policemen said now when the five men had been found guilty of the triple murders by the court, they should be provided justice for being punished over a crime they never committed. –S. Nazir Hussain Shah

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