FAISALABAD: An anti-terrorism court on Friday sent a man accused of killing and raping a girl child to 10-day physical remand.
Earlier on Thursday night, scores of residents of Sir Syed Town had staged a demonstration to protest the murder near Factory Area police station.
The protesters put the body of the deceased on Dijkot Road and blocked it for traffic.
They chanted slogans and demanded punishment for those responsible for the killing.
Talking to newsmen, Anwar Shafiq, one of the protesters said the four-year-old girl had been playing at her under-construction house in Sir Syed Town when she went missing.
“Her parents looked for her but could not find her,” he said. He said later they found one of her shoes with a note stuck inside it.
“It said that the girl had been abducted for Rs15 million ransom,” he said. “The kidnappers had said they would kill her if her parents did not pay up.”
He said her parents had informed Factory Area police. He said police had detained took a labourer Muhammad Saeed. He said the man had been working at the house when the girl went missing.
He said during interrogation the man admitted to killing the girl after raping her.
The Factory Area SHO said Saeed had told police that he had found the girl unattended.
“He said he had raped her and then strangled her,” the SHO said.
He said Saeed had then hid the body in a cement bag at the house.
The SHO said police had recovered the body on Thursday and handed it over to the family for burial.
Later, a police team met the protesters and assured them that justice would be served.
On Friday, police produced Saeed before an anti-terrorism court. ATC Judge Raja Parvaiz Akhtar granted 10-day remand of the suspect.