Published On: Mon, Sep 14th, 2020
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Motorway rape case: Alleged co-accused Waqarul Hassan surrenders before Lahore police

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LAHORE: As per latest developments in motorway gang rape case, alleged co-accused Waqarul Hassan Shah on Sunday has appeared at CIA police station in Lahore’s Model Town, day after the investigation officers identified prime suspects involved in the case.

According to details, the suspect has pleaded not guilty and denied all the charges against him.

The CIA officials stated that Waqar belongs to district Sheikopura, adding that the culprit said he has nothing to do with the incident.

The key suspect, Abid Ali, is still at large and police teams are conducting raids at different locations to apprehend him.

According to media reports, Waqar surrendered himself on Sunday at the Model Town police station on the pressure from his father and told the investigators that he was not involved in the motorway case.

He claimed that his brother-in-law, Abbas, was using his mobile phone. “Abbas refused to surrender himself with me but he may do soon. He was involved in some criminal activities with Abid Ali and is still in contact with him,” Waqar reportedly told police. Claiming innocence in the gang rape, he asked the officials to get his DNA test done.

According to a private TV channel, CIA police officials have shifted Waqarul Hassan at CIA Headquarters in Gujjarpua and have present the accused in front of the police officers. Punjab Forensic Science Agency (PFSA) teams will take DNA samples of Waqarul Hasan and then they will match samples with the already present DNA samples with PFSA secured from the crime scene. It is expected that the final DNA report of Waqarul Hassan could be prepared in 24 hours. It will be decided in the DNA test whether presence of Waqarul Hassan is proved on the crime site or not.

Meanwhile, police sources told that Waqarul Hassan’s relative Abbas is also allegedly involved in the case. Abbas is likely to be presented before the team for interrogation, the sources further stated.

Meanwhile Punjab Information Minister Fayyazul Hassan Chohan in an interview with a private TV channel said that there is no confusion that Abid Ali is accused and he was proved accused through DNA test and through geo-fencing. He said that 1:00 AM to 3:00 AM the geo-fencing of the area was done and number of Waqarul Hassan present in geo-fencing of Abi Ali. He said that 28 teams of police were working from last four days and latest scientific technology was also used. He said that there was no option for Waqarul Hassan but to present his arrest, adding that now Waqarul Hassan says he is not an accused, adding that every accused says he is not an accused. Chohan said that now investigations will be conducted, adding that Waqarul Hassan says his mobile is being used by his brother-in-law. He said that all the things will be investigated in next few hours and police is conducting investigations into right direction and effectively. He said that Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Ahmed Khan Buzar are in touch with the case every moment and it is expected that all the matters will be cleared in next few hours.

He said that the mobile phone data of suspects Abid Ali and Waqarul Hassan was recovered through geo-fencing. The security personnel are continuously carrying out raids to arrest the culprits, he told.

He said that IG Punjab police has issued show cause notice to CCPO Lahore on the statement and has summoned reply in seven days and after review the reply decision will be made.

It is worth mentioning here that on Saturday, Chief Minister Punjab Usman Buzdar had announced a reward of Rs2.5 million for each of the suspects if information leading to their arrest is shared. He said that the identity of those bringing forward any information will be kept confidential.

“We worked day and night and launched a probe using scientific techniques. I personally monitored the progress and directed the completion of the probe expediently,” Buzdar had said.

According to the chief minister, seven cases – including two gang-rape cases – were registered against Abid, while two robbery cases were filed against Waqar who was released 14 days earlier on bail.

Buzdar said that the culprits will be given exemplary punishment for the heinous crime.

While briefing the media about how the police identified the suspects, Inspector General of Police Inam Ghani had said, “Geo-fencing of the entire area was carried out, data was taken from the Election Commission of Pakistan, fingerprints were taken from the site, and DNA tests were conducted”.

IGP Ghani said that after the police went through the records they had gathered they got to know that Abid Ali had four sims registered in his name that he used on several occasions. All of the sims, however, were currently non-functional.

“Ultimately, we tracked down another number – that was not registered to his name – and it proved our suspicions right. Through this number, we were able to reach his partner as well,” he said.

The Punjab police chief added: “We are 95% sure that [the person we have tracked down] is his partner as his phone signals were traced to the location of the crime [at the time of the incident].”

On Wednesday night, it was reported that two robbers had allegedly gang-raped a mother of two on the Lahore-Sialkot motorway in an area falling within Gujjarpura police’s jurisdiction.

The woman, along with her two children, was driving to Gujranwala when she was forced to stop at the Gujjarpura section of the motorway after running out of fuel, at around 1:30am.

She immediately called a relative and sent him her location. He asked her to also dial the Motorway Police helpline 130 from which she reportedly received no response.

In the meantime, two robbers reportedly approached the car, broke the window, and took the woman and her children to nearby bushes where they allegedly raped her in front of the children.

They also allegedly snatched her purse carrying Rs100,000 in cash, one bracelet, car registration papers, and three ATM cards.