Usama murder case: inquiry commission finds CTD officials guilty
By Obaid Abbasi
Islamabad (TP) January 11, 2021: The Inquiry Commission constituted to probe the Usama murder case has found Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) officials guilty and said that the act was a ‘target killing’.
According to sources, Additional District Magistrate Rana Waqas Anwar, who was incharge of the inquiry commission, submitted the final report to the Chief Commissioner Islamabad on Monday.
The inquiry report has recommended initiating formal proceedings against the CTD personnel under Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) 1997.
Usama Satti was killed on Jan 2 on the Srinagar Highway (Kashmir Highway) after the CTD police personnel opened fire at his car while he was returning home after dropping his friend at his home. The CTD police personnel had sprayed Usama and his vehicle with 17 bullets.
Currently, the accused police officers are on a physical remand after they were suspended from their services.
The report has also recommended that the interior ministry should approach the Islamabad High Court (IHC) for the formation of a judicial commission under the supervision of IHC’s judge to probe the matter further. Besides, it has also recommended that the Islamabad administration cancelled permits for tainted glasses of vehicles.
It has also recommended fir the capacity building of the policemen in order to avoid such incident in the future.
Similarly, the inquiry commission has also recommended to update the wireless system of the police. It has also suggested that transfer and positings of policemen should be done through a high official and psychiatrist.
The commission has also expressed its concerns over weak wireless system of the police. The report has also highlighted the lackluster attitude of relevant Superintendent of Police (SP) and Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) while dealing with the incident. The report has found that neither the patrolling officer nor any other high official paid heed to the call received on the wireless.
The commission has also recommended for the Islamabad police to have the digital voice recording technology and IG office should establish a code of conduct to forward message through wireless.
Furthermore, it has recommended that the CTD and ATS personnel should not be deployed with the common police without the prior approval from the SSP (Operations).
Sources told The Punch that the Chief Commissioner Islamabad will submit the report to the interior ministry soon for further action.
According to the FIR lodged by Nadeem Satti, the victim’s father, his son Usama had a quarrel with officials of the capital police a day earlier who had threatened him of dire consequences. On Jan 2, at around 2am, Usama had gone to drop his friend in H-11. When he was returning, the police officials intercepted his vehicle, the FIR said, adding that they then fired at him from all sides, which resulted in his death.