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Main suspect in minor girl’s rape, murder case held

KARACHI: Police on Thursday claimed to have arrested the main suspect, along with his alleged accomplice, in the Feb 27 kidnapping, rape and murder case of a minor girl, whose trussed up body was found thrown into a drain in Steel Town on Wednesday evening.

The incident had triggered hours-long protest by residents of the area and activists of various political parties and national groups who blocked the nearby section of the National Highway till late Wednesday night.

The girl aged around five-six years had gone missing on Feb 27 after leaving her home to buy something in her Data Nagar neighbourhood of Bin Qasim Town.

Malir SSP (Investigation) Kamran Khan told Dawn that the Bin Qasim Town police had registered the FIR of the girl’s disappearance on the complaint of her father, who stated that he had left his home by his taxi for livelihood as per his daily routine on Monday morning. He stated that his wife contacted him by phone to tell him that their daughter had left the home to buy some eatables from a shop within the neighbourhood at 8am but did not return in the next several hours. He stated that his wife mounted a search and later he also returned home to join her but they failed to located their daughter.

He apprehended that his daughter might have been kidnapped. On Wednesday evening, the girl’s body was found thrown into a drain.

Source: Dawn