Do-Darya murder suspect given to police on two-day physical remand

Naimat Khan

KARACHI: A judicial magistrate in Karachi Monday gave prime suspect in Do Darya murder case to police for two-day physical remand.

Police had requested for a 14-day physical remand in order to investigate the case. The suspect, Khawar Hussain Burney, killed a youth at Do Darya, Karachi.

According to Superintendent Police Clifton Dr Asad Malhi two youths travelling in a Mercedes were on their way to have breakfast at the beach when a minor accident occurred. After the accident, he informs, the suspects travelling in double-cabin vehicle opened indiscriminate fire on the car at around 9am.

“Resultantly, the two passengers sustained bullet wounds and were transported to a private hospital where doctors pronounced Zafir, 18, dead..

The victim, a resident of Defence Housing Authority, was a first year student at DHA College, he further informed. Police officials told the court that a first-information report (FIR) had been filed, and the weapon and cars involved in the crime had been recovered from the suspect.

The investigation officer (IO) requested the court for a 14-day remand as one absconding suspect is yet to be arrested. Raids are ongoing to round up the last suspect, police told the court. Burney’s lawyer argued that as the murder weapon and vehicles involved in the crime had already been recovered, there was no need for his client to be remanded into police custody. The lawyer also took issue with photos of his client being circulated on social media.

The state prosecutor described the case as one pertaining to terrorism and asked for terror charges to be added into the FIR. Subsequently, the court handed the suspect over to police on a two-day physical remand and asked the IO to submit a detailed report on updates in the case today.

Meanwhile, the main suspect Khawar Burney on Monday said the incident happened by ‘accident.’ In a video statement aired by news channels, Khawar Burney said that he opened fire on the Mercedes after the car hit his Vigo. “I wanted to aim at the tyre but the Mercedes turned and the bullets hit the car,” said Burney.

“Everything happened accidentally.” A CCTV video shows Khawar Burney fleeing from the scene of the crime. Authorities recovered late Sunday night the third car alleged to have been involved in the incident that claimed the life of one person and injured three others as a vehicle was fired upon. Dr Abdul Rahim — the motorcycle rider — has disassociated himself from the incident, saying he doesn’t know either Burney or the deceased.