The judicial inquiry into the murder of 22-year-old Usama Satti by Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) personnel has revealed that the young man was purposely murdered and accused tried to cover up the incident.
According to the details, the 22-year-old was not involved in any criminal activity the night of the incident and there were no pending cases against him as claimed earlier by the ATS officials involved in the murder.
The judicial inquiry report reveals that Usama Satti was shot 22 times, not by one but multiple officers which goes against the statements provided by the accused officers.
The report reveals that Usama Satti had “multiple gunshots fired at him from all directions, which shows that the officers involved had every intention to kill him.”
Per the judicial inquiry, the news of the 22-year-old’s death was kept from his family for four hours and the officers involved in the murder tried to cover up the incident.
“The officers tried to turn the incident into a dacoity case and kept senior officials in the dark,” the report revealed, adding that “Rescue 1122 personnel trying to reach the site of the incident were repeatedly provided with the wrong location details.”
Furthermore, the officers who arrived at crime scene after the murder of Usama Satti were also found trying to destroy evidence and no picture or video was taken by them either.
According to the judicial inquiry report, there were 22 shots fired at the young man’s car but only 18 empty cases were sent to forensics, that too after 72 hours.
The inquiry clearly states that Usama Satti was not involved in any robbery or criminal activity and the entire incident is the criminal negligence of the five Islamabad ATS officers involved in the murder of the young man.
ATC grants extension in physical remand of accused officers
The five accused Mudasir Iqbal, Shakeel Ahmed, Muhammad Mustafa, Saeed Ahmed and Iftikhar Ahmed were presented before an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Wednesday where the investigating officer (IO) revealed that the suspects had confessed to the crime and murder of Usama Satti.
Judge Raja Jawad Abbas asked the investigating officer whether statements of the suspects were recorded. The investigation officer informed the court that the statements were yet to be recorded in front of the judicial magistrate.
The court granted a five-day extension in the physical remand of the accused on the request of the investigating officer as the case was yet to be submitted by the joint investigation team (JIT).
Prime Minister Imran Khan assures justice
Prime Minister Imran Khan also met with father of late Usama Satti in Bani Gala on Wednesday and prayed for the departed soul.
The premier offered his condolences and assured provision of complete justice to the victim’s father and a thorough investigation in the his son’s murder.
Furthermore, interior minister Sheikh Rasheed also talked to the victim’s father over telephone and assured him of an independent investigation into the murder.
According to the interior minister, it is the decision of the prime minister and the cabinet to proceed with the investigation as per the satisfaction of the father of Usama Satti.
About the incident
Usama Satti was travelling home late last night when he was asked to stop by Anti-Terrorism Force personnel and his vehicle was shot multiple times when he failed to comply.
The five ATS officers were arrested and a First Information Report (FIR) was registered under Section 302 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC).
The investigation has revealed negligence at the hands of the officers who claimed that they were acting on a tip-off about a robbery at Shams Colony.