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Remand of gang-rape accused extended

KARACHI, March 31: The civil judge and judical magistrate, East, Javed Hussain, on Monday further extended the police remand of a security officer of the Mazar-i-Quaid till April 1 for his alleged involvement in the gang-rape of an 18-year-old woman on the premises of the mausoleum.

The investigation officer, Sabir Hussain, told the court that the police were conducting raids for the arrest of the other culprits on the information provided by the arrested suspect, but had so far not succeeded. He requested the court to extend the physical remand of the suspect for further interrogations, which he said would prove to be helpful in arresting the other accused.

The court, while extending the remanded of the suspect for one day, directed the IO to submit a final report on Tuesday.

The police had arrested an assistant manager of the security posted at the mausoleum in connection with the gang-rape of a young woman, who was kidnapped from the premises of the Mazar by unknown men on the night of March 15 and was later found in an unstable condition outside the mausoleum on March 17.

Earlier, the court had recorded the statement of the victim under Section 164 of CrPC in which she had stated that around five men took her to a store room in the mausoleum at gunpoint, where she was sexually assaulted.

The case (FIR No 50/08) was registered at the Brigade police station under Section 365/B of the Pakistan Penal Code – the section was inserted in the penal code through the Protection of Women Act 2006 – on the complaint of the victim’s father, Bashir Ahmed.

Meanwhile, the civil judge and judical magistrate, Central, Khushi Mohammad remanded three policemen, in judicial custody till April 4.

According to the prosecution, police constables Mohammad Imran, Arif Hussain, and Salman, had allegedly opened fire on Zubair Khan and Mohammad Saqib on March 21 near Sakhi Hasan, North Nazimabad. Both the youngsters were taken to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, but Zubair succumbed to his injuries, while Saqib survived but sustained serious injuries.

A case (FIR No 164/08) was registered under Sections 302, 324/34 of the Pakistan Penal Code at Taimuria police station.
Source: Dawn
Date:4/1/2008