Sukkur police killed an innocent engineer, Waqas Bhutto, burned his dead body with acid and then tried to bury him, all in the name of a fake encounter. Waqar Bhutto, a hard working civil engineer, was working on a 300 kilometers long road from Multan to Sukkur called China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
On 3rd October, Waqas was returning to his home in Sukkur from Multan, when he was arrested around 4.30 p.m. He was carrying his 3 month’s salary at the time. He was stopped and arrested on the highway by a police officer from Dadlo Police Station, Panu Aqil, and after a span of few hours, and in a town Abad, 30 kilometers away from Daldo, he was shot dead in a fake encounter.
The news of encounter spread fast. Channel KTN covered the story and reported that Daslo police claims that Waqar Bhutto was involved in a car theft. The police covered those areas of Sukkur with heavy duty in the name of a claimed car theft.
The police asserted that Waqar along with three other men was present in the stolen car when the police opened fire on them. The others managed to escape the car and run away but Waqar Bhutto was shot in the encounter.
A local newspaper reported that Waqar Bhutto was captured Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Amjad Sheikh. The SSP took Waqar to Dadlo Police Station, where was shot and killed by the Station House Officer (SHO), Sub Inspector Shoukat Arain.
The claimed encounter of police is clearly counterfeited as they arrested Waqar Bhutto at 4:30 am on 3rd October 2016 and he was shot the next day at around 2:30 am.
The fraudulency of act is also proved by SSP’s attempt to bury the body by claiming him as unidentified, when the victim was carrying his national identity card, driving license and a mobile phone.
After Edhi center and municipal committee refused to bury the dead body, SSP used acid to deface the victim and tried to bury him. But his family reached there first to claim the dead body and seek for an explanation. The medical examination of the body showed torture marks, signs of struggle and a fractured thumb. It also indicated that the shots were from a close range and not long range as in usual cases of an encounter.
It is suspected that Waqar was killed for his affair with a girl from a powerful family in Sukkur. The family happened to have close ties with SSP Amjad Sheikh.
The SSP is notorious for torturing the suspects, demanding money from them and often killing them in fake encounters. With this reputation, the death of Waqar becomes even more suspicious that he was killed by the corrupt officer on personal grounds.
Waqar Bhutto belonged to the well-reputed family of doctors, engineers and people from other respectable professions. He was never faced or charged with any crime. His family demands justice for the poor soul.