By Ishaq Tanoli
KARACHI: A judicial magistrate (east) remanded on Monday two police constables in police custody for seven days for their alleged involvement in the kidnapping and murder of a three-year-old girl.
The police arrested the suspects — Bashir Ahmed and Noor Mohammad Â– on July 5 and recovered the body of the victim girl from an open manhole near the FTC building on a lead given by the arrested men, who are traffic police constables.
According to the prosecution, the suspects allegedly kidnapped the girl, Sana, when she was playing with her friends near her house in Korangi. The suspects killed the victim and dumped her body in the manhole near the FTC building. However, people of the area caught them on July 5 when a playmate of the victim girl raised the alarm after seeing one of the suspects in the neighbourhood.
A case (FIR 331/2009) was registered against the suspects under Sections 364 (kidnapping or abducting in order to murder), 302 (premeditated murder) and 34 (common intention) of the Pakistan Penal Code on the complaint of the victim’s uncle, Abdul Hashim, at the Zaman Town police station.
The suspects were produced before Judicial Magistrate (east) Malik Akthar Hussain on Monday.
The court remanded the two suspects in police custody and directed the investigation officer of the case to submit a charge-sheet against them on July 13.
Meanwhile, the relatives of the victim girl assembled outside the court and staged a protest demonstration. They chanted slogans against the suspects.