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Man acquitted of kidnap, rape case shot dead

OKARA: A man acquitted by a court of a kidnap-cum-rape case, was allegedly shot dead by the complainant party on Tuesday night.

As per the first information report (FIR), lodged by the victim’s brother Javed, Sarfraz returned from Lahore late on Tuesday and called him on his mobile phone, asking him to pick him from Rajowal distributary bridge.

Javed said he went to the canal bridge on motorcycle, picked his brother Sarfraz and as they were returning to Qadirabad, Hujra Shah Muqeem, near BS-Link canal Jandran Kalan bridge two armed men suddenly blocked their way and pushed them from motorcycle onto the ground.

The complainant said that one of the armed men, shot at and critically injured Sarfraz and fled the scene along with his accomplice, taking advantage of the darkness.

The injured man was being rushed to hospital in a car when he succumbed to his bullet wound.

The FIR further reads that in May 2021, Javed and his brothers Ramzan alias Jani and Sarfraz, were booked in a kidnap-cum-rape case (FIR No 171/2021) under sections 376 and 496 A of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) by Mandi Ahmadabad police.

However, after trial the court acquitted Sarfraz and Javed (complainant), while Ramzan alias Jani was handed down 10-year jail term and was currently behind the bars.

Javed said that the complainant of the kidnap, rape case was behind the murder of his brother.

Hujra police registered a case under section 302 and 34 of the Pakistan Penal Code.

Source: Dawn