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Mystery shrouds forest officer’s murder

Mystery shrouds forest officer’s murder

PESHAWAR: Mystery has shrouded the murder of a forest officer in the broad daylight in Peshawar city.

Sub-divisional forest officer Razi Rehman, a resident of Siphon Colony and posted in Kohat, left his house for office on April 13 morning but was killed in the evening.

There are reports that the alleged killer visited the SDFO’s house and met his son five hours before the murder.

“My father left home at around 11am for office to organise a plantation event in Kohat but at around 2pm, he called me and said he was sending back his car, so you should give the driver Rs0.7 million,” son of the deceased told Dawn on Wednesday.

According to the man, the unidentified driver handed over the car to him and took away cash but he and his family members wondered about the entire affair.

The driver took away the cash but the cellphone of the forest officer remained switched off for several hours on the day.

“At 7:55pm, he (father) called me and informed they (unidentified men) were about to kill him. Later, his cellphone became silent. And at around 8pm, an unidentified man informed us by the cellphone that my father’s body lied in the limits of Paharipura police station in Peshawar.”

The man insisted his father or other family members had no enmity, so they didn’t know about killer(s).

He appealed to Chief Minister Pervez Khattak and Inspector General of Police Nasir Khan Durrani to ensure the early arrest of killers for exemplary punishment.

Investigation officer of the police Farooq Khan said the forest officer was killed under mysterious circumstances.

“The forest officer sent his car home through an unidentified man but didn’t share anything about him with family,” he said.

The investigation officer said the police were hopeful that they would resolve the mystery after the data of the deceased’s cellphone number was collected.

Published in Dawn, April 16th, 2015

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