120 workers of SAC remanded in Bahria Town attack case

Published June 10, 2021
The IO requested the court to extend the physical remand of the accused by 14 days for interrogation and investigation. — AFP/File
The IO requested the court to extend the physical remand of the accused by 14 days for interrogation and investigation. — AFP/File

KARACHI: An antiterrorism court on Wednesday remanded in judicial custody 120 leaders and activists of the Sindh Action Committee (SAC) arrested for allegedly resorting to violence, ransacking and setting fire to private properties in Bahria Town Karachi (BTK) during their protest against the mega housing scheme.

Following Sunday’s violence, police had arrested the suspects and booked them in cases pertaining to torching restaurants, shops, vehicles and looting money from automated teller machines (ATMs).

On Wednesday, the investigating officer produced the suspects before the administrative judge of the ATCs upon expiry of their physical remand in police custody and requested the court to extend the same by 14 days for interrogation and investigation.

Turning down the request, the judge however remanded them in judicial custody and directed the IO to produce them before the court on next date along with an investigation report.

JSQM head Sanan Qureshi produced in court

The IO also produced a nationalist leader, Sanan Qureshi, along with four other suspects and requested the court to grant their 14-day physical remand in police custody for interrogation and investigation in the same case.

However, the judge remanded them in police custody for two days, directing the IO to produce them on next date along with an investigation report.

According to the FIR, the BTK security manager stated that some nationalist groups, including the Sindh United Party, Jeay Sindh Mahaz, Jeay Sindh and Awami Tehreek on May 21 announced a protest against the BTK.

He stated that the nationalist leaders, including Qadir Magsi, Jalal Mehmood Shah, Sanan Qureshi, Jan Mohammad Junejo along with 8,000 to 10,000 people gathered outside the BTK main gate [on Sunday], where they delivered speeches against the project and allegedly incited their workers to violence.

Published in Dawn, June 10th, 2021

Opinion

Casualties of war
17 Sep 2021

Casualties of war

As we ruminate over the consequences of America making a mockery of international law, it is equally important to take an inward
Love of wealth
17 Sep 2021

Love of wealth

Those obsessed with wealth are likely to be involved in corrupt practices.
Pro-rich growth
17 Sep 2021

Pro-rich growth

Spin doctors will continue to tell tales of prosperity.

Editorial

17 Sep 2021

TTP amnesty?

DISTRESSING signals from the highest quarters of the land indicate that an amnesty is being considered for the ...
17 Sep 2021

Media regulation

THE needless controversy over media regulation may finally be heading for a resolution. In a meeting with ...
17 Sep 2021

Refusing audit

THE continuous resistance put up by several public-sector organisations to submitting their accounts for audit by ...
Aid for Afghans
16 Sep 2021

Aid for Afghans

Humanitarian aid can resume even if the world decides to hold back on formal recognition of the regime for now.
16 Sep 2021

Wheat price

THE government’s decision to raise the wheat release price, or the rate at which provinces issue their grain ...
16 Sep 2021

Keeping the press out

ON Monday, the government yet again displayed its rising contempt for the freedom of press — this time in...