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ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court on Monday expressed dissatisfaction over the Punjab Police for assigning inquiry of car race incident in which five people were killed, to a junior officer and directed the RPO Rawalpindi to arrest all the accused involved in car race and submit report today (Tuesday).

A three-member bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, and comprising Justice Ghulam Rabbani and Justice Khalil-ur-Rehman Ramday was hearing a suo moto case.

A car race competition held on December 5, 2010 to promote motor sports in the country. During the car race, one car lost control and crashed into the spectators after hitting the safety railing and smashing into a footpath. The car was running at a speed of 160 kilometres per hour. Five persons, including 11-years-old boy Asfand Yar, were killed. The bench observed the incident is kind of murder, therefore, the police should initiate a case against the accused under Section 302 of PPC.

During the hearing, Inspector General Punjab Police, Reginald Police Officer Rawalpindi, DCO Rawalpindi and CPO Rawalpindi appeared before the court.

DCO Rawalpindi Imdadullah Bosal informed the bench that he had rejected the application of organiser for allowing car race event in Bahria Town Rawalpindi due to security reasons.

The court expressed its annoyance over the police for not stopping the organisers from holding the car race, as the DCO did not permit them organising car race in Rawalpindi.

The court observed that without the blessing of police, it was impossible to hold this event. On the query of the court, police informed that FIA has already registered a case against four accused namely, Ali Riaz, Majid Naeem, Sheikh Tahir and Sheikh Atif.

“This is an organised murder, why did the Punjab police not arrest the Chief Executive of Bahria Town,” the CJP observed. The court also expressed displeasure on the RPO and CPO Rawalpindi for not taking interest in this case and appointing a low-rank officer for the investigation of this case.

Source: The Nation

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