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Sahiwal incident – Police are tampering with evidence: Media


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In a shocking turn of events on the Sahiwal incident investigation, the local press is citing sources in the Punjab Forensic Science Laboratory which have revealed that the weapons sent in for scrutiny were not the ones used in the killing of four people last month.

Local media reported that the sub-machine guns and 9mm handguns sent for forensic testing were not used in the incident while the police van was transported via truck to the forensic agency despite the fact it was seen being driven away from the scene.

Sources told local media that more than 100 bullet casings, four sub-machine guns, and two 9mm handguns were sent in for forensic testing. The sources said the casings and bullets did not belong to the arms sent. There was no justification to send the 9mm handguns for examination when they were not even used in the shooting, they said.

Umair Khalil, the son of Sahiwal encounter victim Khalil had last week recorded his statement before the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) probing the shootout which resulted in the killing of his mother, father, sister, and uncle.

The experts believe the sub-machine guns used in the incidents were replaced with other arms and sent to the laboratory. In a startling exclamation, sources said that the four bullets that hit the police van also seemed to be fired by the policemen. They said as to how it was possible to drive the vehicle when it’s electronic and fuel system was affected during the course of the encounter as stated by the police.

Umair Khalil, the son of Sahiwal encounter victim Khalil had last week recorded his statement before the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) probing the shootout which resulted in the killing of his mother, father, sister, and uncle. The child in his statement on February 9 had said that the family left the home at 8:00 am and when they reached Qadirabad, someone shot at the car from behind.

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“After the shot was fired, the car bumped into a sidewalk and came to a halt; soon, two police mobiles stopped by the car out of which came masked cops who fired and killed uncle Zeeshan”, the child had said in his statement.