As police in Pakistan’s Punjab province is hunting for an alleged rapist of a woman on ‘Motorway ‘ two men have confessed to raping in turns and killing a six-year-old girl, whose burnt body was later recovered from a garbage dump in the Karachi city’s Esa Nagri neighbourhood, police said Tuesday morning.
As per media reports, at least 11 suspects were detained in the case of the six-year-old’s rape and murder more than a week ago after rescue officials had recovered the child’s body — stuffed in a bori (gunny bag) — on September 6 evening.
The administrative judge of the anti-terrorism courts was informed that the two had admitted to the heinous crime, police said, and that the DNA test report of a third suspect — who claimed innocence — was still awaited.
According to local media reports, the judge consequently sent all three suspects — identified as Faiz (alias Faizu), Abdullah, and Nawaz — into police custody on physical remand until September 26, and ordered the investigating officer (IO), Inspector Qurban Abbasi, to submit a progress report.
The six-year-old girl was reported missing on Sept 4 after she went to purchase sweets from a neighbourhood shop in the Old Sabzi Mandi area in the morning. Her body was recovered, stuffed in a bag at a dumping yard on the Milk Plant plot in the neighbourhood, two days later.
Inspector Abbasi said police had collected the pieces of cloth with which the victim’s body was tied up. The evidence collected was discussed with the local shopkeepers and street vendors, following which a tailor identified the cloth, saying he had given it to his employee, Faiz.
Habitual offender, lived nearby
During the suspect’s pre-screening, police found that he was a habitual offender and lived alone a few houses away from the child’s residence in the same street. Faiz revealed the name of his accomplice, Abdullah, who lived on a footpath in the area, after he was taken into custody.
According to the IO, the suspect informed police that they had kidnapped the minor girl and brought her to his house, before raping her one by one, during which she died. They then covered her body with pieces of cloth, put her in a garbage trolley, and dumped it at the plot, Abbasi said.