LAHORE: A sessions court on Tuesday granted six-day physical remand of Shafqat Ali, one of the two prime suspects in the motorway gang rape case.
Additional Sessions Judge Misbah Khan handed over the custody of the suspect to police for six days for investigation. Shafqat, who confessed to his crime, was brought to the court amid tight security with his face covered with a piece of cloth.
The police incorporated Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) in the case, which means that it will now be heard by an anti-terrorism court and not an ordinary court.
Shafqat, one of the two men believed to be the culprits of the gang rape on Lahore-Sialkot motorway last week was arrested on Monday and he confessed to his crime. Whereas, Abid Ali is still at large and is expected to be arrested soon.
Earlier in the day, police arrested another suspect in the gang-rape case from Chichawatni, district Sahiwal, during a raid. The arrested man, named Bala Mistri, is the owner of the auto workshop where prime suspects Shafqat and Abid Ali used to work.
The police said investigators were interrogating Bala Mistri about the hideouts of his close associate, Abid. Shafqat had revealed to the police that Bala Mistri was not involved in the felony.
Abid phoned him and Bala Mistri the day the crime was committed but Mistri did not turn up, Shafqat was quoted as telling the police. A police official, however, said Mistri had remained involved in criminal activities along with Abid.