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Prayer leader, arrested in rape case, dies in custody

TOBA TEK SINGH: A prayer leader of a mosque who had been accused of forcibly raping an eight-year-old orphan girl in Faisalabad’s Tandlianwala area, Chak 610-GB, ‘died’ in police custody on Thursday night.

According to a police official, the suspect had initially fled to his hometown of Sargodha but was subsequently arrested by the Tandlianwala Saddar police.

While being transported in a police van, he suddenly experienced swelling on his face and began vomiting. He was rushed to the Chiniot DHQ Hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead.

The cause of his death is yet to be determined and will be ascertained after receiving the postmortem report. Sources have revealed that the suspect had consumed poison prior to his arrest by the police.

In a first information report registered under Section 376 of the Pakistan Penal Code, a widow stated that her daughter had gone to the mosque to learn the Quran when the teacheer lured her to his adjacent house and forcibly raped her. The girl is currently receiving medical treatment at the Tandlianwala THQ hospital.

Source : Dawn