peghamKARACHI: An accused, who had escaped police custody and was arrested by the Rangers on Sunday has now been killed in an encounter, a senior police official said on Monday.

According to SSP Korangi Noman Siddiqui, accused Abdul Maalik Bengali was killed in an encounter when police party was going to arrest his accomplice Muhammad Imtiaz Rind.

Accused Imtiaz Rind and another gunman identified as Faisal Bengali opened fire on police party at the EBM Causeway, ensuing fierce gun battle during which Abdul Maalik was killed, he said.

Both the attackers fled the scene, he added.

On September 30, Abdul Maalik and his associate Imtiaz Rind had managed to escape after killing a policeman at the EBM Causeway.

Three policemen – two constables and a station investigation officer (SIO) of the Korangi Industrial Area police – were bringing them back, both accused of involvement in the murder of head constable Yousuf Lodhi on September 20 – from an anti-terrorism court hearing in the SIO’s private vehicle.

As they were driving along the causeway, the suspects – who officials confirmed were not handcuffed – opened fire in the car.

In the shooting, constable Rafiq suffered injuries that later proved fatal while constable Daim is still under treatment at the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre. Surprisingly, the SIO remained unharmed in the whole episode and was later detained for gross negligence on duty.