ISLAMABAD, April 16: Two sisters who went missing from their house six days back were recovered from I-10.

Police on Tuesday said the girls, aged 14 and 16, were made hostage and raped by four persons. On Monday night, the police raided the hideout of the group but they escaped.

Six previous raids at Saidpur, Faizabad, Aabpara, Rawalpindi and F-6 also remained unsuccessful.

On Monday night, some policemen stationed at a picket in I-10 spotted two girls in a vehicle and on suspicion intercepted them, which led to their recovery. The four persons, who were taking them to another location, were also arrested on the spot.

On Tuesday, the accused and the girls were produced before a magistrate from where the rape victims were shifted to a shelter house. Earlier, their medical examinations were conducted which, sources said, confirmed they were gangraped.

The magistrate will record the girls’ statements on Wednesday. The accused have been sent to jail.

When contacted, the girls’ father, a resident of Saidpur village, refused to talk on the issue. He only said he had lodged a report about his daughters’ kidnapping.

“I have been informed that my daughters have been recovered but they are still in police custody,” he said, adding: “we have not met them yet.”

The police said on April 9 the girls’ father lodged the complaint stating that his daughters were kidnapped. The police registered the case on April 11 and traced a man on suspicion.

The police said the girls were not kidnapped but left their house on their own. But the accused took them away as one of them was their friend. — Munawer Azeem

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