Police swing into action as DNA matched in motorway gang-rape case

By: News Desk      Published: 04:16 PM, 12 Sep, 2020
Police swing into action as DNA matched in motorway gang-rape case

Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Political Communication Dr Shahbaz Gill on Saturday announced in a tweet that DNA of one suspect has been matched with the samples collected from the crime scene and soon arrest will be made in the Sialkot-Lahore Motorway gang-rape incident that attracted widespread condemnation, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Punjab Forensic Science Agency’s laboratory has handed over the record of accused Abid Ali Malhi son of Akbar Ali to Punjab police. Punjab Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) and police teams have left for Rajanpur to arrest the accused.

In a tweet, Shahbaz Gill said, “Congratulations to Chief Minister Usman Buzdar, IGP Punjab, CCPO Lahore and the entire team.”

“DNA matched. Insha’allah, there will be an arrest soon. Let the people know that Usman Buzdar was in a meeting with IGP and CCPO till 4 pm. The Chief Minister has monitored the whole case himself,” he said.

He went on saying, “Work speaks, not words. Well done Buzdar!”

24NewsHD TV channel reported that Gujjarpura rape case suspect belonged to Bahawalnagar village 260HR and accused Abid Ali is being identified on social media and on various channels. 

The TV channel reported that 27-year-old Abid Ali son of Akbar Ali was named accused in another robbery-cum-rape case number 264/13 in Fort Abbas police station. Abid Ali was nominated in the FIR along with four others in the gang-rape incident during the robbery. The victim was gang-raped during the robbery in front of her father and mother.

Abid Ali had murdered his uncle allegedly in 2013 and then escaped from his hometown in a bid to escape the arrest, the TV channel reported.

Earlier in the day Punjab Inspector General of Police Inam Ghani refuted media reports and said no accused was arrested yet in the Lahore-Sialkot Motorway gang-rape incident. The Punjab’s top police official said the news on various television channels and social media platforms regarding the arrest of the main accused is false. 

Punjab government Spokesperson Musarrat Jamshed Cheema in a statement issued said the Punjab government will not leave any loophole behind while prosecuting the Lahore-Sialkot Motorway gang-rape incident.