Suspected killer of Asma Rani nominated in another murder case, say police

Published March 11, 2018
The prime suspect was taken into custody on Saturday by Kohat police. —photo provided by author
The prime suspect was taken into custody on Saturday by Kohat police. —photo provided by author

The prime suspect in the Asma Rani murder case was already nominated for the murder of another person six months ago, Kohat District Police Officer Abbas Majeed Marwat said on Sunday.

Mujahidullah Afridi was taken into custody on Saturday by Kohat police after Interpol officials handed him over to the personnel of Federal Investigation Agency at the Islamabad airport.

Sharing details of the investigation, the DPO said that the suspect had made prior arrangements for his escape before attacking Rani. Marwat said police have arrested a friend of the suspect who helped in recovering a pistol and a motorcycle apparently used in the crime.

The accused kept changing his address in Dubai after short intervals, he said.

The DPO, however, rescued himself from replying to a question in connection with a patch up between the families of the victim and accused.

Earlier in the day, the suspect was brought to Kohat under strict security and produced before a court, where the judge handed him to police on a 10-day judicial remand. The police had already submitted a challan of the case before the court.

Mujahidullah and his brother Sadiqullah, who is also an accused in the case, had reportedly opened fire on Asma who had been visiting her family in Kohat during a session break. The victim received three bullets. She was rushed to a nearby hospital where she died during treatment. Recording her statement to Investigation Officer Javed Khan just a few moments before her death Asma had identified Mujahidullah as the assailant.

However, Mujahidullah had fled to Dubai soon after committing the crime apparently with the help of Sadiqullah.

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