Local police claimed to have apprehended the prime suspect in the rape and murder of a minor girl belonging to the Orangi Town area of Karachi here on Friday.
The accused was named in the First Information Report (FIR) registered by the victim’s family and was absconding since the incident.
A local news agency reported that the accused has also confessed to the crime during the investigation. The other two nominees named in the FIR are already in police custody on physical remand, officials confirmed.
The victim, a resident of Baloch Para in Orangi Town, went missing on April 15 when she left home to play in the area as per the routine.
Her body was discovered from a garbage dump in MPR Colony in Manghopir.
The minor’s decomposed body was found from a garbage dump the same day of her disappearance in the evening after her family had lodged a complaint.
Police raided and arrested two of the three suspects and registered their names in the FIR, while the remaining suspect, while the remaining one managed to escape.
Those nominated in the FIR are said to be the relatives of the victim. “Unfortunately, these people are our relatives and they did it to avenge an old personal enmity,” the victim’s father claimed. “These killers should be hanged publicly,” he demanded.
The victim’s body was moved to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for the Her initial autopsy report and other medico-legal formalities.
Later, it confirmed that the minor was sexually abused before being strangled to death. The victim also bore torture marks on her body.
The police collected samples of the two arrested suspects, which have been sent to the laboratory for DNA testing.
A large number of people including the family and relatives of the victim held a protest against the incident while marching towards the MPR Colony graveyard to bury the minor girl.
This protest also took the life of a father of six children, who was said to be affiliated with a political party, in wake police’s attempt to disperse the protesters. Police took action against the protesters using teargas shells, charging the protesters with batons, aerial firing and allegedly straight firing on the protesters.