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Newly-wed booked for wife’s murder

BAHAWALNAGAR: Madrassa police on Friday registered a case against a man and four of his accomplices on charge of murder of his wife who had died mysteriously a month after their marriage.

The couple had contracted a court marriage a month ago.

According to police, 22-year-old Asma of Harappa had left her family home to marry Bilal, her neighbour, a month ago. The couple contracted a court marriage in the court and started living at Basti Jodheka in the limits of Madrassa Police Station.

The sources said Asma’s parents had registered a kidnap case against Bilal with the Harappa Police Station; however, the case was dismissed after Asma recorded her statement in a court in favour of her husband.

On Jan 26, Asma died of unknown reasons and Bilal handed over her body to her parents who raised an alarm. They informed the Harappa police who contacted Madrassa police and handed the body over to them on Jan 27.

The DPO’s spokesperson Shehzad Ishfaq told Dawn that a case had been registered with Madrassa police against five people, including Bilal, on the complaint of Asma’s father.

As per police sources, three armed motorcyclists had set up pickets at different locations in Madrassa city at night and they were robbing the commuters of motorcycles, cash, mobile phones and other valuables.

As they were in their looting spree near Fordwah Canal, a victim raised an alarm following which several villagers gathered. The villagers chased the robbers and nabbed one of them. They thrashed the robber with sticks and kicks before handing him over to the police.

Madrassa police are yet to lodge an FIR in the case even after the passage of 24 hours.

Source: Dawn