SHC orders probe into allegations against Tanoli

KARACHI: Sindh High Court (SHC) on Wednesday ordered city police chief to appoint an honest police officer to conduct an inquiry into allegations of holding citizens to ransom levelled against suspended police officer Shafiq Tanoli.

A division bench of SHC headed by Justice Sajjad Ali Shah also directed city police chief to supervise the inquiry and submit a report by May 06. The bench further directed that SSPs concerned and SHOs of Mochko and Mauripur police stations be examined during the inquiry and asked them to be present in next hearing.

The bench gave these directions while hearing missing persons cases. One petition was filed by Petitioner Kifayatullah who told the court that police had taken away his brother, Ghulamullah, and other relatives from Masroor Colony on February 19.

Counsel for the petitioner had informed the court that police officer Tanoli was running his private force to kidnap persons and release them after taking money.

During previous hearing, the bench while taking exception to absence of Inspector Shafiq Tanoli had given him last chance to appear before it and defended the allegations against him.

The judges said that serious allegations were levelled against Tanoli in three different petitions. In one petition, it was alleged that Tanoli released six persons including Ghulamullah, Rafiullah, Saeedur Rehman Aftab, Khawaja Alam and Faridullah after taking Rs550,000, they noted.

The bench cited another case, observing that a person and his two sons were arrested by Tanoli, who released one son after subjecting his father to torture. While, second son Miraj, who was booked in a case, was released when no incriminating material was found against him in case.

The bench noted that Tanoli was accused of running two police stations unofficially that include Mochko and Mauripur police stations.

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