KARACHI: In an unusual incident, a snake was reportedly found in a police prison where the leader of the opposition in the Sindh Assembly, Haleem Adil Sheikh, was being held in police custody before he was sent to prison by anti-terrorism. court (ATC) on Friday. Sheikh, however, claimed to have killed the cobra after he found it in a cage at the Karachi Police Criminal Investigation Agency’s (CIA) Special Investigation Unit. It was reported that the snake was noticed by a man who brought breakfast to Pakistani leader Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). He turned the Shaykh’s attention to the cobra, after which the leader of the opposition Majlis Sindh killed him. After the incident, Karachi’s Supplementary IGP, Ghulam Nabi Memon, took notice and requested a detailed report from the CIA’s deputy inspector general of police (DIG). A special police team was also formed to investigate the presence of a snake in a police cage and to determine whether the snake was venomous or not and how it got into the cage.
According to preliminary reports prepared by the police, the snake was under a cupboard placed on the balcony attached to the room and its whereabouts were discovered when the Shaykh woke up in the morning and went to the restroom.
Early reports further stated that there was a long distance between the washroom and the Shaykh’s room. It added that the building was too old as it was built in 1911 and there was a crack in the roof near the bathroom where the birds also made their nests.
An ATC in Karachi has sent the Sheikh into police custody for two days after the Sindh government filed a case against him for creating law and order problems during Malir’s recent by-election.
On Friday, the PTI leader was brought to court where, speaking with journalists, he alleged that there had been a conspiracy to kill him. Murad Ali Shah at the direction of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari released a snake in my cell at the CIA Center.
He claimed that it was a four foot long cobra that he had killed. “The police are responsible for letting the snake in,” he said, adding that several policemen witnessed him killing the cobra. DSP Aftab Alam also confirmed that a snake was found in Sheikh’s cell.
Sindh governor Imran Ismail on Friday expressed concern over the discovery of a snake in the room where the arrested PTI leader was being held. In a statement on Friday, the Sindh governor alleged that the case brought against the opposition leader of the Sindh Assembly was based on intentions of mala fide, misery and revenge. He added that the Sindh government had set a bad precedent by arresting the Sheikh and the provincial police had become a political tool.
Ismail went on to claim that the Sindh police inspector general had become a political pawn. He said he had informed Prime Minister Imran Khan about the troubling situation.
Then on Friday, the ATC sent Sheikh to jail on a terrorism case related to arson and aerial shooting during the PS-88 by-election. The judge directed the investigating officers to submit the indictment sheet by February 25.
Investigating officers requested further police detention from the PTI leader until March 3. Counsel for the Sheikh opposed further police detention and expressed concerns about his life. The ATC was notified that a snake had been found in the PTI leader’s cell, and asked to issue instructions for the necessary protection for the PTI leader. The ATC refused the police arrest request and sent the Sheikh to prison.
Meanwhile, PPP leader and provincial minister Nawab Taimur Talpur rejected opposition leader Haleem Adil Sheikh’s accusations that the PPP tried to kill him by leaving a snake in his cell. “We have conducted an investigation into the matter and found that there is tight security in the Sheikh’s room. The police have given permission for the sheikh to eat from his house and take advantage of him, he made a drama of carrying a snake in his room, “Talpur told the TV channel.