LAHORE – A manhunt is in process in areas of Pakistan’s most densely inhabited province, Punjab, to catch suspects in the high-profile motorway gang-rape case as two main culprits have been identified by police through DNA cross-match test.
While speaking to a press conference, Punjab’s Inspector General of Police (IGP) Inam Ghani apprised that an alleged rapist has been identified as Abid Ali while the other has been identified as Waqar-ul-Hassan.
The first culprit named Abid Ali, 27 years old belongs to Fort Abbas, Bahawalnagar where he was also involved in criminal activities.
As per the track record of Abid Ali, he robbed a family in Fort Abbas in 2013, and during that robbery, he raped the woman and her daughter. Eight cases were registered against the suspect during 2013-17 but never handed punishment.
He was thrown out of the city due to his criminal activities in the area and he settled in a village of Qilla Sattar Shah in Sheikhupura from where he has escaped along with his wife before the police arrived.
His DNA sample was in record of the Punjab Forensic Science Laboratory and it matched with the samples collected from the clothes of the victim of the Pakistan motorway gang-rape.
During a raid of Police at his residence, which was traced through their mobile sim cards, in Sheikupura, Police recovered his marriage certificate and other records, which helped confirm things.
The other culprit has been identified Waqar-ul Hassan, who is also involved in several cases regarding robbery and others.
Waqar was charged in two robbery cases and was released on bail two weeks ago.
On September 9, 2020, a woman was traveling with her children when their car stopped in the Gujjarpura area as it ran out of fuel.
She called her relative and sent him her location on the motorway when her car stalled. When the relative arrived at the location, he saw the woman frightened and bloodstains on her clothes, and the windowpanes of her vehicle were also broken.
The woman said the police that she was waiting for her relative to pick her up and her children when two armed men attacked her. One of them hit the car with clubs and the other held them hostage at gunpoint.
The assailant then took her and the children to a nearby forested area where they gang-raped the woman.
Later on, they robbed her of valuables which included Rs100,000 cash, two gold jewelry pieces, a bracelet, a car registration card, and three ATM cards and left her stranded.