Motorway gang-rape case: Police arrest five relatives of main accused Abid
LAHORE (92 News) – The main accused, Abid Malhi, is at large even after eight days of the Motorway gang-rape case but the police claimed to have arrested five relatives of the main accused, in Kasur.
According to the reports, Lahore police carried out an operation in Kasur’s area of Rao Khan on a tip-off that Abid Ali was present in the area during which five of his relatives were arrested.
It said that two cousins, a woman and two other relatives of Abid Ali are among the arrested. Abid Malhi had contacted these persons two days ago. The arrested persons would be brought to Lahore for further investigation.
Earlier, twenty-six teams formed to trace the culprits have failed so far. The police could not find the main accused even at the hideouts pointed out by the arrested accused Shafqat and Balla Mistry. The Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC) of the accused has been blocked by the authorities.
The investigation of the case has been assigned to Old Anarkali Investigation in-charge. Two DSPs have been appointed for the arrest of the accused Abid Ali.
According to the police, only an officer of the inspector rank could investigate the Anti-Terrorism Act sections and a sub-inspector has no authority to do so.
They said that the accused Shafqat had been sent to jail for identification parade and the victim will have to visit the jail for identifying the accused.
“The accused has been kept in a security barrack. The identification parade will be conducted in the presence of the investigation officer and the jail authorities. Raids are being conducted to arrest Abid Malhi on the pointation of Shafqat,” they added.
Sources said that the CIA had arrested five more people and Abid’s family members are in the custody of the CIA.
Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar said that the police had arrested one accused and another would be arrested soon.