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Four of girl’s ‘rapists’ still at large

LAHORE: A teenage girl was gang-raped allegedly by 10 men after being abducted from outside her house on Multan Road on Friday.

Police are yet to arrest the main suspect and his accomplices.

The girl’s mother claimed that her daughter was going to a tailor shop along with her brother when some unidentified men bundled her into a car and fled away.

She said her son reached home and the family launched a search on their own to find her but to no avail.

She said at around 11pm on Friday a text message was received on their mobile phone: “Your daughter is lying unconscious in room number 230 of a hotel on The Mall.”

She said the family found the girl lying unconscious in the hotel room when they reached along with police.

Quoting her daughter, she alleged that PML-N Punjab Youth Wing additional secretary general Adnan and his accomplices kidnapped her from Multan Road and forced her to drink some intoxicated liquid after which she lost her consciousness.

The girl said the suspects took her to the hotel where 10 men gang-raped her and left her in an inebriated condition and fled.

Racecourse police recovered the girl from the hotel room, shifted her to the Services Hospital and registered a case against 10 suspects on the complaint of victim’s mother.

Station House Officer Inspector Ahmed Usman said suspects Abdul Majid, Muhammad Umer, Ameer Ahmed, Haris, Bilawal and Zaman were arrested while raids were being conducted to arrest main suspect Mian Adnan and three others.

He said forensic experts were called to collect the evidence from the hotel room and initial medical examination reports also confirmed that the girl was gang-raped.

Victim’s sister told Dawn that police were pressurising their family to exclude the name of main suspect Adnan from the FIR. She said still four accused, including the main suspect, were not arrested by police.

She said police started action against the suspects after some TV channels aired the news. Her sister was 15-year-old and studying in class-VIII at a private school, she added.

She appealed to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to provide them justice.

DIG (Operations) Dr Haider Ashraf said three teams were constituted to arrest Adnan and he would be nabbed soon.

He said he had visited the girl and assured her that stern action would be taken against the suspects. He said the case would be investigated on merit.