Court sends train gangrape accused to jail on remand

KARACHI: A local court sent all accused of Bahauddin Zakaria Express gang-rape case to jail on judicial remand on Monday.

The Judicial Magistrate-South sent the accused to jail and directed the investigation officer (IO) to submit case challan in the next hearing of the case.

In an earlier hearing of the train gang-rape case, the investigation officer had revealed that the suspects had also filmed the gang rape. He added that the investigators need to retrieve videos from the mobile phones of the criminals and recover their uniforms.

The court had extended the physical remand of the five arrested suspects including: Muhammad Zahid, Aqib Muneer, Zohaib, Amir Raza and Abdul Hafeez.

Police said that the railway staffers had allegedly gang-raped the lady, when she was returning to Karachi from Multan. A case had been filed at the City Railway police station, whereas, the victim identified two suspects during the identification parade.

It was learnt that a ticket-checker had offered a seat in the air-conditioned compartment of the train to the woman who was travelling alone in an economy class and later he and four other railway staffers gang-raped her.

On Thursday, the victim had identified two of the suspects during an identification parade held in the court of the judicial magistrate Karachi South.

The victim had testified in court that the accused had gang-raped her on the Zakaria Express on May 27, after which the court made the identity parade report part of the case.

According to FIR, the incident occurred on May 27 when the victim, who hails from Karachi’s Orangi Town, boarded the train from Multan railway station for Karachi.



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