LAHORE: Police claim to have arrested a man who allegedly kidnapped, raped and murdered a minor boy in Shalimar area here on Friday.

In the FIR lodged by one Ameen, his son was allegedly kidnapped when he was playing in the street on the second day of Eid (Thursday).

The father of the murdered child said he and his relatives kept searching for the boy and also made announcements from various local mosques, but of no avail.

Ameen stated in the FIR that his son had been kidnapped with a bad intention, requesting the police to help them trace and recover the boy.

With the help of the information provided by locals and footage of the Punjab Safe Cities Authority cameras, the police finally traced the house of the prime suspect, who lived in the same locality.

During police interrogation, the suspect confessed to have sexually assaulted the child and then strangled him to death to conceal his crime. He took the police to a part of his house from where they recovered the boy’s body.

The police shifted the body to the city morgue for autopsy and started further investigations into the incident.

Published in Dawn, April 13th, 2024

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