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What provoked cop to kill nine

August 24, 2009

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FAISALABAD, Aug 23 A police constable, who has been arrested for the alleged murder of his wife, six in-laws and two others, says the rape of his wife by her stepfather provoked him to take the extreme step.

According to Razabad police, CID police constable Nasir Abbas told the investigators that he contracted marriage with Mehreen, daughter of stage actress Rehana, about two months ago. Rehana blackmailed him after his marriage for money. She often threatened him that she could send him to jail for marrying her underage daughter.

“Rehana was using my wife as a prostitute and the latter was not happy with this. Mehreen informed me that her stepfather Yousuf raped her and her mother was aware of this act of her husband,” Abbas told the police. Abbas said Rehana, who had contracted second marriage with Yousuf, was not happy with his marriage with her daughter because he often taunted her and asked her to mend her ways.

Police arrested Abbas on Aug 20 on charges of killing his wife Mehreen, mother-in-law Rehana, father-in-law Yousuf, sisters-in-law Kinza and Wajiha, brothers-in-law Tajamul and Muzamal, Rehana's nephew Naveed and employee Shehzad in Kaleem Shaheed Colony.

Mehreen was second wife of Abbas. He has two children from his first wife who is living in a village in Faisalabad.

“A few minutes before the murder of nine people I had an argument with Yousuf over the rape of my wife. Yousuf responded in obscene language and Rehana also favoured him. This provoked me and I killed everyone present in the house,” a police source quoted Abbas as saying.

Just two days before the incident Abbas made a plan with his wife to kill Rehana and Yousuf, but the plan failed, as children drank the poisonous milkshake instead of the target couple. A police official said Abbas wept bitterly before telling the entire story.

According to the police, Abbas used two pistols to kill the family and stayed there after the incident. He shot all family members in the head and fired two bullets at each of them. Kinza did not die immediately and this compelled Abbas to call the Rescue 1122 to take her to hospital.