KARACHI: Two witnesses identified as many suspected killers of a three-year-old girl as the men involved in the crime during an identification parade conducted by a judicial magistrate on Wednesday.
The identification parade was conducted by Judicial Magistrate (east) Malik Mohammad Akhtar and the two witnesses, Mohammad Yasin and Mugheer Ahmed, identified the suspects, traffic police constables Bashir Ahmed and Noor Mohammad.
Three-year-old Sana was kidnapped on July 3 when she was playing with her friends near her house in Korangi. Later, the suspects had killed her and allegedly dumped the body in a manhole near the FTC building.
The investigation officer of the case, Sub-inspector Muhammad Irshad, brought the two witnesses before the magistrate, who also recorded their statements under Section 164 of the criminal procedure code.
Witness Yasin, a neighbour, said that he had last seen three-year-old Sana along with the two suspects in his street and later he came to know through some area people that the girl was missing for several hours.
The second witness, Mugheer, a resident of the same neighbourhood, told the magistrate that on July 3 he saw the two suspects carrying a bag, from which the girl’s body was recovered later, when he was returning home from a nearby mosque after Friday prayers.
He said that he had reason to believe that the bag contained the body of the girl.
According to the prosecution, traffic police constables Bashir Ahmed and Noor Mohammad were arrested on July 5 and the deceased’s body was recovered from a manhole near the FTC building on a lead given by them.
Later, a case (FIR 331/2009) was registered against the suspects under Sections 364 (kidnapping in order to murder), 302 (premeditated murder) and 34 (common intention) of the Pakistan Penal Code read with the recently-inserted Section 6 (b) punishable under Section 7 of the Anti-terrorism Act of 1997 on the complaint of the victim’s uncle, Abdul Hashim, at the Zaman Town police station.
The two suspects are at present in police remand till July 17 since the administrative judge of the anti-terrorism courts in Karachi had extended their remand under the anti-terror law.