SUKKUR, Dec 17: While police have so far failed to arrest any of the three undertrial prisoners who were released from the Sukkur central prison in October on forged acquittal orders, a similar case has been detected in which three men convicted of kidnapping in a 2006 case were released from the same prison on fake orders of a sessions court.
On Nov 23, the Rohri police had arrested Abdul Qayum Golo, a clerk of the 2nd additional sessions court Jacobabad, and court bailiff Nazir Ahmed Dasti for preparing fake acquittal orders of the three UTPs — Akram Kehar, Leemon Rind and Noor Muhammad Khoso — who had been released from the prison on Oct 24 and Oct 27.
Police said that the three convicts — Irshad Junejo, Dodo Junejo and Ghulam Qadir Junejo — were also released from the Sukkur central prison on fake release orders of the 2nd additional district and sessions judge, Jacobabad.
They said that in 2006 Hamza Supar was kidnapped by Irshad Junejo, Dodo Junejo and Ghulam Qadir Junejo within the remit of the Saddar police station, Jacobabad. The victim was later recovered and he identified his kidnappers, who were subsequently arrested.
They were sentenced to 21 years in prison and were sent to the Sukkur central prison.
The police said that a private suspect, identified as Adal Junejo, had allegedly cut a deal with court official Golo for the release of his relatives.
Suspect Golo issued fake acquittal orders of the sessions court in which he allegedly mentioned that an appeal of the convicts had been allowed by the Sindh High Court. Subsequently, jail authorities released the three convicts after getting the fake orders, the police added.
A case (FIR 82/2012) was registered on a complaint of Saeed Ahmed Soomro, the office superintendent of the district and sessions court, Jacobabad, against Abdul Qayoom Golo and Adal Junejo under Sections 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 422 (dishonestly or fraudulently preventing debt being available for creditors), 425 (mischief), 466 (forgery of record of court or of public register, etc), 471 (using as genuine a forged document) and 34 (common intention) of the Pakistan Penal Code at the Civil Lines police station, Jacobabad.
Following the registration of the case, the police arrested Adal Junejo and produced him and suspect Golo before Judicial Magistrate (Jacobabad) Zulfiqar Kamboh, who remanded them in police custody for seven days on Monday.
Court sources told Dawn that a man, Nazeer Bhangar, appeared before Judicial Magistrate Kamboh on Monday and recorded his statement under Section 164 of the criminal procedure code in which he confessed to his involvement in the release of three UTPs and as many convicts.
After his statement, the magistrate directed the police to put him under observation so that he might not move anywhere till the final decision.