* Court told Malik Riaz coerces people into selling their land

Daily Times

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

SC orders police to arrest Bahria Town’s Malik Riaz for murder

SC orders police to arrest Bahria Town’s Malik Riaz for murder * Court told Malik Riaz coerces people into selling their land Daily Times Monitor ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court has directed police to lodge an FIR and arrest Bahria Town Chairman Malik Riaz Hussain, for the murder of a security guard A three-member bench consisting of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Jawwad S Khawaja and Justice Ghulam Rabbani issued the orders while conducting suo moto action on reports of the murder of security guard Fiaz Ahmed, who was killed nearly a year ago. The Sihala police station house officer told the bench that seven people had been arrested for the guard’s murder, but all had been released on bail. However, some people present at the hearing told the court that Malik Riaz coerced them into selling him their land, alleging that those that refused would be harassed with help from local police. The court was also informed that Malik Tabarik Hussain, who was also accused of Fiaz’s murder, was handed over to Sohrab Goth police in Karachi. The court also ordered the Islamabad district and sessions judge to submit a detailed report by November 26, and directed the Sindh inspector general to present Tabarik Hussain in court today (Tuesday). Staff Report adds: The court directed a Sihala police official to record the statement of Shamraiza Bibi, Fiaz’s widow, in the courtroom and lodge an FIR against Malik Riaz for the murder of her husband. In her statement, she said that Malik Riaz was responsible for the murder of her husband. During the course of hearing, two citizens – Raja Qayyum and Habibullah – appeared before the bench and maintained that they were victimised by Malik Riaz, who had them beaten up by police because they would not sell Riaz their properties. They alleged that SHO Idrees Rathore and DSP Malik Mumtaz had kept them locked up for three months, forcing them to sell their properties to the Bahria Town chairman. Source

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