KARACHI: A judicial magistrate on Tuesday remanded in police custody seven suspects arrested in a case pertaining to the death of a young man who fell from a high-rise building in Defence Housing Authority.

Police booked and arrested Syed Mohammed Ammar, Usman Ahmed, Mohammed Awais, Aziz Ahmed, Ahmed Jamil and Syed Khizr Akbar over death of their 26-year-old friend Adil Masood Khan on Sunday morning.

On Tuesday, the investigating officer produced the suspects before the judicial magistrate (south) to seek their physical remand in police custody for interrogation.

The IO informed the court that the victim as well as the detained suspects had obtained the flat in question against Rs25,000 rent from its owner, Mohammad Shatba Qazi in DHA, Phase-VIII. He added that Khan fell from the terrace of the apartment and died on Sunday morning under suspicious circumstances.

Victim’s sister Varda Masood had lodged an FIR against the suspects, the IO said, requesting the court to grant their physical remand.

Granting the request, the magistrate remanded the suspects in police custody, directing the IO to produce them on the next date along with an investigation report.

According to the FIR, the complainant said she lived in Lahore and she got a call from Adil’s friend, Hammad, who informed her about an accident and that her brother was shifted to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre. Later, she came to Karachi after she was informed about the death of her brother. She further stated that her brother’s friends had gone to a flat in DHA, where they abandoned Adil when he fell and fled at 5am.

She said that the body was lying in an open area for two hours and then the building administration shifted the corpse to a hospital.

A case was registered under Section 322 (manslaughter) and 34 (common intention) of the Pakistan Penal Code at the Sahil police station on the complaint of Ms Masood.

Published in Dawn, August 3rd, 2022

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