KARACHI: City police on Saturday claimed to have arrested a suspect in the recent kidnapping, rape and murder case of a six-year-old girl in Korangi.

The suspect himself was the father of four children, including daughters, and neighbour of the victim, investigators told Dawn while describing the arrest as a major breakthrough in the heinous criminal case.

Both the provincial and federal government high-ups have taken notice of the case.

However, the investigators are waiting for the DNA report of the suspect to formally arraign him in the case.

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East Zone DIG Saqib Ismail Memon in a statement said that the held suspect was being interrogated.

The suspect’s DNA samples have been taken and sent to a laboratory in the University of Karachi for matching.

The senior officer added that the suspect was “continuously” changing his statements before investigators.

“The real suspect will be identified after matching of DNA samples,” said Mr Memon.

“The suspect was a drug addict who had known the victim girl.”

A police source said that they detained the suspect because he was known in the area for having a “bad character”.

Besides, he was seen by witnesses in the neighbourhood at the time of the disappearance of the girl.

Moreover, the victim girl was playing with the suspect’s daughters when she disappeared three days ago.

Media asked to exercise restraint

Meanwhile, Landhi-Korangi SP, Shah Nawaz Chachar in a statement urged media to exercise restraint in the case.

“It’s appreciated that media has played a key role in child abuse cases always.”

The officer observed that in recent brutal rape and murder case at Korangi, “we realise that public sentiments are highly attached to this tragedy and they want the updates regarding this case”.

However, he asked media persons to wait for right moment to disclose news regarding the case.

“These premature and half-cooked reports will hamper the investigation process as well as the trial of the case,” said Mr Chachar.

“It’s a very serious issue on which the chief minister Sindh and the prime minister offices are being updated at every stage.”

The SP apprehended that “such news will seriously damage the identification parade process”.

Man killed over property dispute

A man’s life was taken over a property dispute on the outskirts of the metropolis on Saturday, said Manghopir police.

They added that a clash erupted between two parties over a plot in Gharibabad. As a result, one person, Bahadur Ali, 30, suffered critical bullet wounds.

He died while being taken to hospital.

Extortionists held

The Pakistan Rangers (Sindh) on Saturday claimed to have arrested two extortionists who had threatened an owner of a food industry of dire consequences in case of non-payment of Rs100 million in protection money (bhatta).

The paramilitary force conducted an intelligence-based action in SITE’s Metroville area and detained two suspects identified as M. Usman and Imran Khan, said the spokesperson.

They had demanded Rs10 crore protection money from the owner of a food unit whose factory was located in SITE and in case of non-payment, had threatened to kill him and his family.

They were arrested with help of technology.

Published in Dawn, August 1st, 2021

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