Police yet to disclose arrest of drug company’s officials

LAHORE: Punjab Police are yet to admit or disclose about the arrest of two senior officials of a Karachi-based medicine company, who were allegedly picked up by policemen in civvies from outside the Sessions Court in Lahore on January 24 despite their being on interim bails.

The officials of Eferoze Chemical Industry were wanted by the Shadman Police, Lahore, in a case No 47/12, registered under Section 302 of PPC on the recommendation of an inquiry committee following the deaths of around 150 heart patients at the Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC), Lahore.

Eferoze Chemical Industry Deputy Managing Director Nadir Feroze Khan appeared before the court for extension of his interim bail on Thursday, January 24, while General Manager Shakeel Ahmad Khan applied for an interim bail. The court extended the interim bail of Nadir till January 28 and also awarded bail to Shakeel till the same date.

However, as soon as they came out of court premises, four to six cops in civvies picked them up and bundled them into an Elite Police Force van at gunpoint, alleged Danish, a close relative of Nadir Khan.

Danish said the police took the two to some undisclosed place and they had not been traced even after passage of 72 hours. He said he radioed a call at Rescue 15 soon after the kidnap and also submitted an application with Islampura Police Station. However, no FIR had been registered so far, he added.

The sessions court also assigned a bailiff on Thursday and later on Saturday with the recovery of the two officials, declaring the police act as a contempt of court. However, the bailiff could not recover the persons from any police station, including the CIA Police centres.

Danish claimed that the kidnapped men had been lodged at CIA Kotwali, but the police were not allowing him to meet them. He claimed that the police were waiting for the expiry of the interim bail to register their arrest legally. He demanded the Punjab government and IGP investigate the matter on purely scientific and legal grounds. He said if the officials would be found guilty, they would be ready to compensate the losses of deaths in the form of financial aid. Danish said the company had its business in 22 countries and it had been in the field for the last over 40 years, but the Punjab government was trying to ruin its business.

DIG Investigations Lahore Ch Shafiq Ahmad, when contacted, said Lahore Police had not picked up the said persons. He said there was a possibility that the police of some other district had picked them up.

Efforts were made to contact the spokesperson for the Punjab government but no one responded to the calls.



Source: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-13-20565-Police-yet-to-disclose-arrest-of-drug-companys-officials

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