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Police reluctant to name suspects in girl’s murder

By: Ikram Junaidi

ISLAMABAD: Ramna police station registered a case of murder (under section 302), in the case of the 22-year-old girl, who died after falling from a building, in sector G-11/4, on Thursday night, but the name of suspects were not mentioned in the First Information Report (FIR).

“No suspects are being mentioned in this case because police were the complainant and no family member of the girl has come forward to file a complaint,” said a police official not wanting to be named.

When a family member is a complainant, he or she, usually mentions the name of a suspect. The police have nominated a sub inspector as the complainant. “The danger is that when the police are the complainant, there is always a chance that the case might not be pursued seriously or suspects might never get named,” said the police official. Nevertheless the police are presently pursuing the case and are collecting information on the girl.

Phone numbers of many prominent personalities were found on the cell phone of the deceased girl, which could offer clues. However, the owner of the building could not be traced as he was not responding to calls on his cell phone, Dawn has learnt.

According to police officials, on Thursday morning, the police were informed about the incident. The Police then shifted the body of the girl from a private hospital to Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims) for autopsy as the private hospital had refused to perform the autopsy.

A witness had informed the police that the girl had fallen from the PHA Flats, in G-11/4 and residents of the flats said that the girl belonged to Lakki Marwat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and a local businessman, allegedly, used to visit the flat. Medico legal officer at Pims, Dr Nasreen Butt conducted an external autopsy on the girl and it was learnt that both ankles and back bone of the girl were broken.

However, the doctor said that she suspected that the girl had been intoxicated and had sent her hair samples to the laboratory for testing. A senior officer of the federal police requesting not to be identified said that because of witnesses and other evidences collected by the police, it is suspected that the girl was murdered.

“In that sort of cases two factors are considered important, one is the agreement contract of the flat and telephonic conversations, which can be helpful in finding the suspect,” he said.

“Police had learnt that there were two men and woman present along with the deceased at the time of her death and they allegedly shifted her to a private hospital. The woman (accompanying the deceased) had also recorded her statement but still the suspects were not nominated in FIR,” he said.

When contacted, Station House Officer (SHO) Inspector Baqir said: “We are trying to trace the owner of the building to find out to whom the flat was leased to but the owner’s cell number is not responding. I will be able to confirm the name of the suspect within 24 hours,” he said.