Wife of gang-rape accused says clueless about Abid Ali‘s whereabouts
Bushra Bibi, wife of Abid Ali the prime suspect in Motorway gang-rape incident, recorded her initial statement to police, saying after the gang-rape incident her husband was tense and when the authorities identified him he fled away, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Thursday.
Bushra Bibi is a resident of Tandlianwala tehsil of Faisalabad district, the TV channel reported. She said when Abid went into hiding then she also immediately left her daughter behind and reached her parents’ house.
Police on Wednesday arrested Bushra Bibi, the wife of Abid Ali. The woman said this was her second marriage and she has a daughter with Abid Ali. Sources said she had four children from her previous marriage.
Narrating the pre-incident moments with the accused, Bushra said Abid used to be away from home for many days and when she asked about the reason, Abid beat her up.
“I don’t know about the whereabouts of Abid Ali,” Bushra said in her statement recorded by the police.
سانحہ موٹروے، مرکزی ملزم عابد کی بیوی بشریٰ نے ابتدائی بیان ریکارڈ کرادیاPosted by 24 News HD on Thursday, 17 September 2020
Amid fury over the gang-rape last week, police arrested 15 men but said none of them was directly involved in the rape. Officers have since named two primary suspects Shafqat Ali and Abid. Shafqat was taken into custody on Monday, with police saying his DNA has matched samples found at the scene, and he has confessed to the crime.
Police also named a third suspect, though he claimed that he was wrongly named because a friend was using his phone sim card at the time of the incident.
Shafqat Ali was taken into custody during a police raid on his home village in Punjab and Chief Minister Uzman Buzdar said raids were underway to catch Abid.