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Outrage as Islamabad cops shoot student dead for not stopping car

Prime News, International (Islamabad), January 4:- Pakistan’s capital Islamabad and its twin city Rawalpindi are in a state of shock after a 22-year-old student was shot dead by trigger-happy policemen, who opened heavy fire on his car for allegedly not stopping on their call.

Usama Nadeem Satti, who was going home after dropping his cousin at the National University of Science & Technology (NUST) in Sector H-11 Islamabad, was intercepted by at least five personnel of the Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS). He did not allegedly stop the car, leading to the ATS personnel riddling the car with bullets.

“At least seven bullets hit him in different parts of the body including the head and chest,” a spokesperson of the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) said.

The incident sparked anger among the family members of Satti, who blocked the main highway with his body in protest.

All five police officials, who sprayed the car with at least 22 bullets have been arrested, after a First Investigation Report (FIR) was registered under Sections 302/34, 14B, 149 of the Pakistan Penal Code.

As per an initial investigation by the police authorities, the innocence of the deceased student has been confirmed, while it was stated that the police officials were at fault as they did not opt for other ways to stop the car.

However, the police authorities had their own version of the incident.

“The police received an emergency call from a resident of Shams Colony. The caller informed the police that about four armed robbers entered his house, held the family members at gunpoint, looted valuables and sped away on a white car. In the meanwhile, a white Suzuki car appeared from the same side and the ATS signalled to stop it, but the driver did not stop and preferred to run away,” police said in their early statement. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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