KASUR: Punjab police on Saturday released a new CCTV footage showing a possible “suspect” in the case of rape-slay victim Zainab Ansari, ARY News reported.
The CCTV footage shows a a bearded man wearing a winter cap roaming around Zainab’s house at about 5:26 PM PST on January 4, the very day Zainab was kidnapped.
The man resembles the suspect seen in the the first CCTV footage released on media on January 10, a day after Zainab’s body was found from a garbage heap near her home in Kasur.
Zainab was seen being led away by a similar man on January 4, when she was on her way to attend Quran classes at her aunt’s home.
Kidnapped on January 4 and found from a garbage heap on January 9, Zainab’s autopsy report suggested that the minor was sexually assaulted before being strangulated to death.
The girl’s rape and murder sparked outrage among the residents of the city and whole of Pakistan with social activists and general public starting a trend #JusticeForZainab on social media.
Zainab’s parents were performing Umrah when the incident occurred, as they landed back in Pakistan, they demanded justice from Chief Justice of Pakistan and Chief of Army Staff (COAS)
During the hearing in the case in Lahore High Court yesterday, IG Punjab Arif Nawaz told the court that 11 minor girls had been abducted, raped and killed during the last two years. The police investigated 227 suspects and conducted DNA tests of 67 suspects and only one person’s DNA had been traced in six cases of sexual assault.
The CJ ordered the IGP to deploy all available police resources to arrest the suspect in the next 36 hours, and adjourned hearing till Jan 15.