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A view of Sir Ganga Ram Hospital - Photo courtesy: FJMC/Ganga Ram Hospital
A view of Sir Ganga Ram Hospital - Photo courtesy: FJMC/Ganga Ram Hospital

LAHORE: Police teams investigating into the rape of a five-year-old girl on were perplexed on Monday to find a vital portion of a CCTV footage missing from the record that could have helped them identify the culprit(s).

Meanwhile, the police picked another security guard of Sir Ganga Ram Hospital for interrogation in the light of CCTV footages showing the victim being dropped on hospital premises. Two security guards of the hospital are already under police interrogation.

Sources told Dawn that scope of investigation had been broadened by involving hospital staff in the probe as CCTV footages apparently suggested the girl was assaulted either on the hospital premises or around it.

They said police investigators had yet not identified the man wearing T-shirt and trousers seen in CCTV footages holding the girl in her arms and bringing her to the hospital.

Sources said police were looking for a 90-minute CCTV footage that was missing from the hospital record. Before the missing portion of the footage, the girl could be seen being dropped on the hospital premises where she sat on a cemented ramp.

In the next footage that was shot by the CCTV camera after a gap of 90 minutes, a security guard could be seen carrying the unconscious girl to the hospital’s emergency. Sources said it appeared that the 90-minute footage which could have led the investigators to the culprit(s) or those who picked the girl from the hospital was intentionally removed from the record.

Crimes Investigation Agency SP Muhammad Umar Virk, who is heading one of the investigation teams, told Dawn that police had not yet concluded the probe process as they could not so far establish who the real culprits were.

He said sketches of suspects who were taken into custody for questioning were drawn for investigation purposes.

Meanwhile, a report compiled by a sensitive agency about the incident blamed the police for not taking sufficient security measures at the hospital which led to the entry and exit of culprits without any check.

The report further said police negligence also resulted in the absence of eyewitness accounts of the incident.

An investigator said police had so far interrogated 20 suspects, including two guards of the hospital, in connection with the incident but to no avail.

One of the victim’s family members told Dawn on phone that though the girl was recovering fast, she was still unable to speak clearly.

He said the family could not identify any of the suspects, including the man who was seen in the CCTV footage.

He said up to 50 people of Ghosai Colony were quizzed by police and that no one was missing from the locality.

Meanwhile, police teams working on the case gave a detailed briefing to the IGP at his camp office here in the GOR-I. The IG was told that forensic evidence was sent for DNA analysis and polygraph test of a couple of suspects was also being conducted.

Comments (25) Closed

a Sep 17, 2013 07:09am

Keep up the good work Police. The people from the IT department at the hospital, and those who are directly responsible for the CCTV recording and archiving should be the first ones to be quizzed. We HAVE to get to the bottom of this.

Omar Sep 17, 2013 07:54am

Govt of Pakistan......please bring the culprit(s) to law and punish them with utmost severity. People like this rapist of a child should not be left unpunished, as this will only encourage future rapes of minors. We need to deter this kind of behavior in society by handing out examplery punishments.

Omar Sep 17, 2013 07:53am

How could the record of 90 minutes cctv recording be missing???? This is a simple case to be solved.....the person with access to the cameras or its servers should be asked in not-to-polite terms about the incident. I am sure after a few slaps and police procedures, the culprit will be caught.

KASHIF Sep 17, 2013 10:17am

Keep watching CCTV, this is new job police got to do...there will be no result, this will also go in shelves as like other cases....

Ali Tahir Sep 17, 2013 12:15pm

How 90 minutes footage can be lost... There is no doubt that hospital security is involved in this unbearable crime...

Ashfaq Sep 17, 2013 01:25pm

The 90 minutes missing tape. Khadim e Aala be made direct responsible. Jatois are powerful and they finally made their way in soothing a bereaved mother. Pakistan can not be changed with the power of votes but a real Inqilab from within can guarantee safety, security and justice.

Adeel Sep 17, 2013 01:45pm

Talk to the person responsible for handling the CCTV. Of course, he is responsible for this or the people who have access to the CCTV footage in the hospital. That is no rocket science.

sabiha Sep 17, 2013 04:00pm

@Ashfaq: Public has to be active for bringing any Inqilab. Did we raise as much hue and cry on this event as Delhi press and showbiz did after Delhi rape case. No worthwhile protest in Lahore. Not even this much public as is gathered against load shedding. So forget about Inqilab. We are a lazy lot pointing fingers at others.

Afreen Sep 17, 2013 04:33pm

On the other side of the border, people are actually sentenced to death for this type of crime.

And we leave MONSTERS, that are capable of raping a BABY, go around freely.

Shame on us.. This was neither the dream of Iqbal, nor Jinnah's vision.

Rukh... Sep 17, 2013 06:54pm

all the stuff who have access towards cctv camera should be responsible without their involve this could not have happened they deserved worse punishment

sony Sep 17, 2013 07:09pm

There must be the hospital security involved or police may be why 90 minutes CCTV tape is missing its a planned crime I m not understanding what the hell is investigating team is doing.Its a very shocking turn of this case.really alarming.

Yasmin Elahi Sep 17, 2013 07:57pm

The disappearing footage adds Insult to Injury! The persons responsible for safeguarding the CCTV footage should be brought under intense interrogation. What is the use of the cameras if anyone can remove precious evidence to save his skin? The Punjab Govt should take immediate action and bring the culprits to book.

Yasmin Elahi Sep 17, 2013 09:17pm

This is not curious, it is Outrageous!! How could such an imporatnt CCTV Footage go missing? The whole thing smells fishy from miles. Personnel responsible for safeguarding of the Footages should be thoroughly interrogated. What is the use of the CC cameras if criminals have such an easy access to them?

IKE Khan Sep 17, 2013 09:38pm

Police is not doing all this because its their job but because notices were taken and public is making noise. Their motive is not what it should be. Police also are compensating their incompetence and their inability to solve the crime, by putting up public shows, like press briefings, big name police officers. In reality, not one is doing their job. Then you have sensitive organizations, nameless, firing from the dark guys. What are they doing here? Is this their job? But because it makes people happy therefore, their names are tossed around. Substantive issue here is the missing of 90 minutes of CCTV footage. It is easy, who had access to it? Takes those to the pit and investigate till they are able to explain the missing footage. If politicians stop playing politics and police really go to work then there maybe a solution, otherwise, remember Sarfraz Shah case by Rangers and Sialkot mob lynching case where police should be taken to task, but we know the results.

Just Someone Sep 17, 2013 10:14pm

Even if the CCTV footage is found, is such video footage admissible as a video evidence in our courts. Sadly, as far as I know, the courts in Pakistan do not accept video as evidence. And that being the case we need to improve our legal system.

Mohammad Sep 17, 2013 10:21pm

Looks like hospital peoples involve, How come video missing? very very harsh punishment required. I will request to punish in front of people"Sar-e-Aam"

Realist Sep 17, 2013 10:22pm

The CCTV footage can be recovered just like it was removed. Are there no data recovery specialists/companies in Pakistan? I'm sure there are, but that is if the authorities are really looking to find the culprits!

Mohammad Sep 17, 2013 10:53pm

Police corrupt hay, whole system corrupt, senior media journalist should investigate.

Dr. Shah Sep 18, 2013 12:09am

The deleted video clip can be recovered by digital forensics. If such facility is not available in Pakistan then help from some other country might be sought besides laying the foundation indigenous facility. Government has to show its firm will to resolve these issues - where there is a will, there is a way!

Nizamuddin Ali Ahmad Sep 18, 2013 12:17am

Hang them till death. No more, no less.

Salman Sep 18, 2013 04:50am

In my view this has all the ingredients of an inside job. The first people to be shown the drawing room are the hospital staff handling the CCTV footage. The girl was left in the hospital premises by someone. This person can be seen on Camera clearly. This guy came on foot so he has to be someone living in the areas close by. Was his photo is not been published in the newspaper and on TV channels. I can't answer that question.

S. A. M. Sep 18, 2013 04:49am

Police is there to cinsign cases to closed files. There are peope committing serious crimes aginst the vulnerable kids and nobody is there to protect them. The man that killed 100 kids had presented himself to the police otherwise what job did police do. Were'nt they ever made aware of missing kids and did they ever bothered to find out where those missing kids were. No respect for the police.

N K Ali Sep 18, 2013 11:57am

There is no reason why this CCTV footage is suddenly missing. Is there no protocol on how a duty is performed? Is there no professionalism in our country left? When will video evidence be made acceptable in Pakistan to arraign culprits and the 'biradari' system? The time has come to act and shelve d-e-m-o-c-r-a-c-y. Salams

Dr Imran Ahmed Sep 18, 2013 12:41pm

Until and unless dishonesty is universally punished perhaps as in China with public executions of high ranking officials and ministers our people will continue to lie, cheat, perjure, subvert and pervert the course of disinterested justice.

Bilal Sep 18, 2013 06:56pm

Please please stop! I request the media especially TV cahnnels, whatever damage has been done by the culprits may be recovered by the time BUT the way TV anchors are dicussing the issue, whole family will be in trouble for long time. Our society will not leave that family. Although the most seen channel is claiming that they are not disclosing the name of the victim or the name of the family members but on the other hand they contineously displaying the house of the baby, so what they are hiding ? everybody knows the details of the family. PLEASE STOP THIS. Bilal