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Court reserves decision in Ranjhani murder case


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A local court on Saturday, 16th February reserved the verdict in Jeay Sindh leader Irshad Ranjhani’s murder case on sending suspects Abdul Rahim Shah and police inspector Riaz to jail on judicial remand, local press reported.

Both the suspects were presented before a judicial magistrate’s court in Malir. The investigation officer (IO) pleaded to the court to send the suspects to jail on judicial remand. The IO said investigation from the suspects had been completed and there was no need for physical remand anymore, while the prosecutor prayed to the court to order the arrest of the suspects in the case filed under the terrorism act. The court reserved the verdict after hearing arguments of both the parties.

Murad Ali Shah condemned the killing, saying even if the deceased was dacoit as the suspect said, the killing was not the right way but the legal investigation was.

Raheem Shah, a Karachi UC chairman, was remanded into police custody for four days over the murder of Jeay Sindh Tehreek Karachi President Irshad Ranjhani. The accused was brought to an anti-terrorism court in an armored vehicle on Tuesday, 12th February and strict security measures were taken.

He was arrested on Monday on the orders of the Karachi AIG Dr. Ameer Ahmed Shaikh. A case has been registered against him for barring onlookers from taking Ranjhani to a hospital after he shot him. A video has been circulating on Social Media of the incident.

On February 6, Abdul Rahim Shah, the UC chairman of Bhains Colony, had declared Ranjhani a thief and killed him in Shah Latif Town. The UC chairman had also halted attempts to take Ranjhani to a hospital.

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Karachi police chief Dr. Amir Sheikh had formed an inquiry team to look into the matter. The team led by deputy inspector general (DIG) East Amir Farooqi and comprising SSP Ghulam Azfar Mahesar and SSP Investigation (Malir) Farrukh Malik had recommended the Bhains Colony UC chairman’s arrest.

Speaking to the media on Tuesday, the head of the investigative team said, “The murder was a result of a robbery attempt. As Shah left a bank, an attempt was made to loot him.” The DIG East further said that they are in contact with Ranjhani’s family. The sub-inspector who was the first to reach the crime scene has been suspended for negligence, he added.

On February 9, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah demanded a report from Sindh IG Syed Kaleem Imam. He then ordered a judicial inquiry into the incident. The inquiry team is investigating the case. Murad Ali Shah condemned the killing, saying even if the deceased was dacoit as the suspect said, the killing was not the right way but the legal investigation was.

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A day earlier, the investigative team had examined the crime scene and recorded the statement of the Edhi ambulance driver. The investigative team had also reviewed CCTV footage and videos circulating on social media of the incident.