Motorway gang-rape co-accused Waqarul Hassan surrenders to police

Police to carry out Waqa's DNA test after his refusal to admit crim: Main accused Abid Ali still on the run

By: News Desk      Published: 12:34 PM, 13 Sep, 2020
Motorway gang-rape co-accused Waqarul Hassan surrenders to police

Lahore Police have arrested co-accused Waqarul Hassan in Lahore-Sialkot Motorway gang-rape incident after he surrendered before them on Sunday, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Co-accused Waqar, who is a resident of Sheikhupura, himself surrendered to CIA Model Town office and denied that he had committed the crime. The main accused, Akbar Ali, is still at large.

Waqar told police he had nothing to do with Motorway gang-rape incident as he has himself appeared before the police. He said "I have two mobile phone SIMS registered under my name. The phone number with which the police traced him was being used by one of his relatives."

After his refusal to admit the crime, the police have decided to carry out Waqar's DNA test and initiated the process in this regard. They also moved him to an unknown place.

The TV channel reported Waqarul Hassan along with main accused Abid Ali was involved in the Lahore Motorway gang-rape case that attracted widespread condemnation from all walks of life.

On the other hand, main accused Abid Ali Malhi is on the run and a number of police teams are hunting round the clock.

On Saturday, Aurat marchers took out rallies and staged protest demonstrations in Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad to press for their demands seeking justice for rape victims and urged authorities to remove the Lahore CCPO for his indecent and inappropriate statements that blamed the victim instead of criminals for the rape incident.

Abid Ali, the main accused in the Lahore Motorway gang-rape case, has been involved in crimes like theft, robbery, murder and rape in the past, according to people of his own village.

Talking to a team of 24NewsHD TV that visited Abid Ali’s village to ascertain facts about him, people of his native village, Chak-260 HR in Fort Abbas Tehsil, said that victims in most cases had reconciled with Abid Ali due to the fear factor. They said that Abid Ali started criminal activities in his own area and he has been involved in criminal activities for a long time. 

The locals said that Abid Ali had the backing of local political people and he left his village five years ago due to the fear of the local police.

Abid Ali, son of Akbar Ali, was named in a case (13/264) registered in Fort Abbas Police Station. Besides Abdi Ali, his four accomplices were also named in this case. 

In this case, Abid Ali and his accomplices had allegedly raped a woman and her daughter in front of their family members. Abid Ali had also murdered a man in a row over land apparently owned by his maternal uncle.