Cousin ar­rested for mur­der of Mar­dan mi­nor girl: IG KP

The Pak Banker - - FRONT PAGE - MAR­DAN -APP

A 15-year-old se­cond cousin of the four-year-old Mar­dan girl found dead in a field in Jan­uary was ar­rested by the Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Po­lice for his sus­pected in­volve­ment in the al­leged rape and mur­der of the mi­nor.

In­spec­tor Gen­eral (IG) Po­lice Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Salahud­din Mehsud said the sus­pect has con­fessed to his crimes. Speak­ing to the me­dia in Pe­shawar, the IG KP said that the sus­pect in the "blind case" was traced us­ing DNA sam­ples ob­tained from a sin­gle drop of blood found on a leaf near the crime scene.

The IG claimed that it was a case of at­tempted rape be­fore mur­der. How­ever, a foren­sic re­port is­sued by the Pun­jab Foren­sic Sci­ence Agency (PFSA) had ear­lier con­firmed that the girl was raped be­fore she was mur­dered. Mar­dan Re­gional Po­lice Of­fi­cer (RPO) Alam Shin­wari, speak­ing to the me­dia, claimed that the sus­pect had at­tempted to rape the child but ended up suf­fo­cat­ing her to death with his hands af­ter she be­gan shout­ing and cry­ing.

The sus­pect, a daily wage labourer at a ho­tel, is a rel­a­tive of the vic­tim who lived on the same street as her, the RPO and IG told the me­dia. The teenager took the child to a sug­ar­cane field near her house when a wed­ding cer­e­mony was un­der­way in the area on Jan­uary 13. Her body was found there the next day.

IG KP Mehsud said that the po­lice was un­der pres­sure and had faced a num­ber of hin­drances in solv­ing the case as there was no CCTV footage due to a lack of cam­eras in the area. How­ever, he added, the po­lice had not ar­rested any in­no­cent peo­ple. The only other per­son ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the case was another man whose DNA matched that re­cov­ered from an arte­fact col­lected from the crime scene. How­ever, the sus­pect was found to be in­no­cent by po­lice dur­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion and will be re­leased soon, the po­lice of­fi­cials said.

The KP po­lice had sought help of the PFSA which had is­sued its re­port on the DNA sam­ples yes­ter­day.

The SC had taken suo motu no­tice of the Mar­dan case fol­low­ing na­tion­wide ou­trage over the al­leged rape and mur­der of six-year-old Zainab Amin in Ka­sur, and took the KP po­lice force to task for their 'less than ex­em­plary' per­for­mance in track­ing down the sus­pects and solv­ing the case.

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