On Saturday, the police were alerted to a suspicious-looking plastic bag lying on top of a heap of garbage, which was later found to contain the boy’s head.
The police have discovered that the beheading of a six-year-old boy was an act of revenge for a decade old case.
Salman Khokar’s head was found, wrapped in a plastic bag, in a garbage heap on Friday, just like that of his two second cousins who were found in a similar state around nine years ago.
In 2003, Mujahid and Lakshmir, six and eight years old, respectively, were murdered by Salman’s father, Ghulam Mustafa Khokar because of a land dispute with his cousins, Shabbir and Bashir Khokar. Lakshmir was Bashir son and Mujahid was Shabbir Khokar’s son.
Ghulam Mustafa beheaded both boys and buried one body near Lab-e-Mehran and dumped the other in the rice canal. The bodies were found after ten days except for a part of Mujahid’s right hand.
Shabbir Khokhar is the president of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) in Dhamra union council, while Bashir Khokhar is an assistant manager at the National Bank of Pakistan.
Both fathers registered an FIR against Ghulam Mustafa and he was tried in court. He served five years in the Larkana central prison till an influential PPP leader stepped in to resolve the dispute and asked Mustafa to pay Rs3 million to Bashir and Shabbir as compensation.
The cousins withdrew their case against Mustafa and he was bailed out around nine months ago.
Mustafa’s son, Salman, was last seen playing outside his house in Waheed Mohalla. He informed the police after he searched for his son at the houses of relatives and friends. An FIR was registered on Sunday in which the son of Bashir, Abdul Hafeez, and two sons Shabbir Khokar, Imran and Aamir were nominated.
Meanwhile earlier on Saturday evening, the police arrested Deedar Khokar, a sub inspector of the excise police, Aamir Khokar and another man whose name was not disclosed.
SHO Riaz Abbasi confirmed that an FIR was registered but denied arresting the nominees. He said that the police had hired divers who were looking for the body in the rice canal nearby.
Ghulam Mustafa said that the murder of his son was “unjustified” and “intolerable” since the earlier matter had been resolved amicably and he had paid his dues.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 7th, 2012.