134 madrassa students remanded for terror

RAWALPINDI, July 18: Anti-Terrorism Court Judge Sakhi Muhammad Kahoot on Tuesday remanded 134 students arrested from the Lal Masjid madrassa in the Islamabad Police's custody in five terror cases.

Two juveniles were sent to Adiala Jail on judicial remand.

The judge granted the Aabpara Police a four-day physical remand of 56 students booked for firing on the law enforcement agencies on July 3. The firing killed a Ranger official and injured many others.

Fifty three students were given in the custody of the Kohsar Police on a three-day physical remand in two separate cases, one regarding abduction of two policemen who were later freed and the second about an abortive bid to kidnap Inspector Haq Nawaz Ranjha, the then station house officer of the Kohsar Police Station.

The Margalla Police secured three-day physical remand of 13 students for kidnapping Chinese from a massage centre in F-8/3 on June 23 and the Bhara Kahu Police obtained two-day remand of 12 students held for burning CDs and creating law and order situation in the city. All these students have been booked under Section 6/7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act. Also in the day, the Islamabad district administration freed 13 more madrassa students, held during the Lal Masjid operation, after they were cleared by law enforcement agencies.

A day ago, Inspector General of Islamabad Police Chaudhry Iftikhar Ahmed told the Supreme Court that the Islamabad Police had took into custody 245 persons, including madrassa students, who surrendered during the Lal Masjid operation. Of them, he said, 86 students were later released. Daily times

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