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Seven given in police custody over Kohistan killings

January 15, 2013

MANSEHRA, Jan 14: Senior civil judge of Kohistan Ali Gohar on Monday handed over the seven people charged with killing three brothers over the controversial dance video to police on three-day physical remand.

Among the accused were Shamsuddin, Mukhtasar Khan, Awal Khan, Jintasir, Mohammad Taus, Mohammad Batual and Jehangir Khan, who were arrested in different parts of district, were produced before the judge in tight security.

Policemen were deployed in and outside the court in large numbers in view of the tensions over the matter, which surfaced in the middle of the last year.

Senior superintendent of police, Kohistan Akbar Ali Khan told Dawn that police were likely to produce the challan of the case in the court within 14 days.

He said police had arrested all the accused under Section 302 or 109 of Pakistan Penal Code and seized weapons for the killing of three brothers last weeks.

BOYCOTT OF COURTS: Lawyers in Mansehra on Monday boycotted the court proceedings to protest the recent Quetta killings.

They demanded the government’s intervention for an immediate end to the genocide of the members of Hazara community.

The protesters also called for ensuring durable peace in Balochistan, especially Quetta.

TWO KILLED: Two brothers were killed by rivals in Battagram area on Monday.

Saidul Haq died instantly, while Abdul Haq succumbed to injuries at District Headquarters Hospital in Battagram.

Police began investigation after registering an FIR. However, no arrests could be made by night.