Karachi police officer who solved double murder case by probing a parrot retires
Senior superintendent of police (SSP) Altaf Hussain, a senior police officer and expert investigator, who served in the Sindh Police for 38 years, retired from service.
He is famous for investigating a parrot to solve a double murder case.
Former SSP joined the Sindh Police as an Assistant Sub-Inspector in 1984 and Saturday (November 12) was his last day of police service.
Despite it being an official off, Hussain was present at his office as SSP Investigation East Karachi to clear some pending cases.
He thanked Allah that he has no regrets after completing 38 years of service in Sindh Police.
“Because of police, I gained name, honour, and fame, along with the opportunity of serving missions abroad four times and got paid for it,” the retired police official said.
Hussain shared that he has never been suspended in service, never received any major punishment and has no red entry in his service sheet.
“I’m saying goodbye to the department with great pride,” he added.
Altaf Hussain also narrated several interesting incidents during his police career, notably the double murder incident in 2007 during his posting as sub divisional police officer (SDPO) at Karachi’s Sarjani Town area.
He shared the incident of suicides of a young officer, who worked at a newly-constructed bank, and his wife in the Sarjani Town.
According to Altaf Hussain, the dead bodies of the young couple were found lying on the bed, both of them had bullet marks on their foreheads and there was also a suicide note along with the bodies.
He informed that in the initial investigation, he saw that the bank officer, who was right hander, had a bullet mark on his left side of the neck, which left him suspicious. He started moving around the house to check the environment and suddenly he saw three parrots in a cage.
Hussain further narrated that one of the parrots seemed quite sharp. When he whistled and moved near the cage, the parrot walked on a long stick and came near Hussain.
According to Altaf Hussain, he asked the parrot about the incident to which the parrot started yelling “Daku Daku”. When asked further, the parrot shouted “teen daku teen daku (three robbers three robbers).”
After the parrot’s help Hussain declared to his team that the case was not of suicide but murder.
Altaf Hussain said the families of the deceased did not want to file a case as apparently it was a case of suicide.
Hussain registered a case of murder on behalf of the police and detained the bank’s watchman, his wife and brother.
The three confessed to the crime that the heinous act was the reaction of anger as the banker had taken action against the bank’s watchman during his employment.
The three suspects pleaded guilty in the case, were proven murderers and received conviction by court.