LAHORE: In a breakthrough, Lahore Criminal Investigation Agency (CIA) police finally arrested Abid Malhi, the prime suspect in the gang-rap case on the Manga Mandi Lahore-Sialkot highway, about 20 miles from here.
The incident sparked national outrage in which a mother of two was raped in front of her children on the highway on 9 September after her car ran out of gas on the road to Gujranwala late in the morning. . night.’
The arrest came after police, as a strategy, released Malhi’s parents, brothers, and wife, allowing them to use the SIM cards on their old cell phones to capture him.
Punjab’s Deputy Inspector General of Operations (DIG) Sohail Sukhera, speaking with Dawn, confirmed Malhi’s arrest and said the police strategy to release his family members was successful when the suspect contacted his mother by phone.
He said special police teams who were on the alert followed Malhi’s call. He said that appellant was in Faisalabad, where the suspect was in hiding.
The DIG said during the conversation that Malhi’s mother told him that she and other members of her family had been released by the police. At this, Malhi expressed his wish to meet her at Manga Mandi, Sukhera said, adding that the suspect had arrived at his mother’s house according to his plan.
Sukhera said that as soon as Malhi entered the house, police teams, who had previously been deployed there, raided the property and arrested the suspect without encountering resistance.
He said the other suspect, Shafqat, whose arrest had been announced by the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) by the Chief Minister of Punjab, Usman Buzdar, had already been remanded to prison. 14 days by a court. Terrorist (ATC) in Lahore.
Malhi’s arrest was also confirmed by the prime minister’s special assistant, Shahbaz Gill, in a tweet. Gill promised the suspect would be punished according to the law.
The sources said the suspects’ DNA tests had already been conducted three times and the results matched the rape victim’s samples. However, they said the test would be rerun before moving forward with the case.
According to the police, Malhi had managed to escape when the security forces carried out intelligence operations in Kasur, Sheikhupura and Nankana Sahib to arrest him.
According to police reports, Abid Malhi and Shafqat Ali planned to rob civilians near the Krol Ghati jungle in the early hours of September 9, where they saw a woman with her children sitting in a car parked on the highway.
He had parked the car on the highway at 1:30 am after running out of fuel on his way to Gujranwala from Lahore and contacting a relative (in Gujranwala) in addition to calling the police hotline. . Traffic police refused to help her because they had no control over the area, leaving the woman helpless on the road.
Meanwhile, the two criminals approached the vehicle, smashed the windows and dragged the woman and her children into the jungle, where they gang-raped her at gunpoint.
Dolphin Squad personnel later arrived on the scene after being told by a passer-by that a car with broken glass was parked along the highway.
They fired warning shots into the air and found the terrified woman crying in the nearby jungle. The two suspects fled the scene after hearing the gunshots.
Later, the survivor’s DNA samples were reportedly sent to the Punjab Forensic Sciences Agency lab, confirming the involvement of the two die-hard criminals – Shafqat Ali and Abid Malhi in the gang rape.
An FIR of the incident was filed with the Gujjarpura Police Department under various articles of Pakistan’s Penal Code and Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA).