Rangers oppose police report in Omni Group case

The Rangers opposed on Monday a police report that had found two nominated suspects innocent and the recovered ball bombs as “dummies” in a case pertaining to the recovery of explosives and illicit weapons from the office of Omni Group.

Personnel of Pakistan Rangers, Sindh, had carried out back-to-back raids on two offices of Omni Group on Dec 23 and claimed to have seized 13 submachine guns, four ball bombs, a pistol and over 300 rounds of different types from the offices.

The paramilitary force had nominated the owner and an official of the group as suspects in the FIR lodged at the Saddar police station under the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997.

Investigating officer Pir Shabbir Haider submitted an ‘A-class’ report before an antiterrorism court and contended that according to the bomb disposal expert’s report the ball bombs were dummies.

The forensic science laboratory report said that the seized weapons had not been used in any crime, the investigation report said.

It further stated that the relevant sections of the Explosive Substances Act and ATA were not applicable in the case as no explosive material was found.

The report said that both the nominated officials of the group were found innocent, adding that the owner had left for Dubai in April 2015 and since then he did not return while the official was not found to have visited the place of the crime (purchase department) and, therefore, both men had no direct or indirect connection with the seized weapons.

The IO said that the whereabouts of the real accused had so far been unknown and asked the court to accept the ‘A-class’ report till their arrest.

However, Rangers law officer Sajid Mahboob Shaikh opposed the police report and argued that no laboratory was available in Sindh to detect the explosive material and said that a letter had been written to the DIG South to send the recovered explosives and weapons to Islamabad for analysis.

The ATC-X judge adjourned the hearing till Feb 18 for arguments on the police report.

A case was registered on a complaint of a Rangers official under Sections 23(1)(a) of the Sindh Arms Act, 2013 and Section 4/5 of the Explosive Substances Act, 1908 read with Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997 at the Saddar police station.

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