RAWALPINDI - Imtiaz Ali, commonly known as Taji Khokhar, has been arrested by police during a big raid at his house, reliable sources in police revealed here on Friday.

However, two other two murder accused of Sabira Bibi murder case, Umer Khokher and Farrukh Khokher, sons of Taji Khokhar, managed to flee the scene, sources added. The arrest came after cancellation of Taji’s interim bail by a court of law, the sources said.

According to sources, a heavy contingent of well-equipped Elite Force commandoes along with police, led by Acting City Police Officer (CPO)/SSP (Operations) Israr Ahmed Khan Abbasi, swooped on Khokhar House at Dhoke Gangal at 3:00pm and apprehended Taji Khokhar, the main accused of the murder case registered with Police Station (PS) Airport.

However, Umer and Farrukh managed to dodge the raiding police party and slipped away. Later, police shifted Taji to PS Civil Line under tight security. Foolproof security arrangements have also been made inside and outside the police station to avert any untoward incident.

On the other hand, the insiders of Khokhar House denied that police arrested Taji Khokhar during a raid. They said Taji surrendered voluntarily before police after negotiations. No one from police was available to confirm this report.

Acting CPO/SSP (Operations) Israr Ahmed Khan Abbasi, when called by this scribe to know his version, refused to talk to this scribe saying he was busy somewhere. When insisted and asked whether police arrested Taji Khokhar or not, Israr replied that he was busy somewhere and would talk to this scribe after an hour.

It is pertinent to mention here that a woman namely Sabira Bibi was shot dead in a brazen armed attack by gunmen at Dhoke Gangal on August 17, 2012 over a land dispute. Muhammad Yaqoob, the husband of the deceased, filed a murder case with the PS Airport alleging Taji Khokhar and his two sons opening fire on his wife killing her on the spot.

A Joint Investigation Team (JIT) formed by Punjab government, probing into the case, declared 22 men including Taji Khokhar, two of his sons and five police cops responsible for the murder. Later, Taji escaped Dubai while police approached Interpol to arrest him. Taji returned Pakistan only after getting interim bail from anti-terrorism court.