Zainab case: Police raids house, arrests two ‘facilitators’ of prime suspect
KASUR: Police have arrested two alleged facilitators of the prime suspect in a raid near the rape-slay victim Zainab’s house in Kasur, ARY News reported on Thursday.
According to ARY News Kasur correspondent Takreem Ali, on a tip off provided by a suspect arrested from Lahore, a police party raided a small house in the Kasur city near the garbage heap where Zainab’s body was found on January 9 and arrested two people including the house owner.
Police fear that the dilapidated house was the same where the seven-year old rape-slay victim was kept before being murdered and thrown in the trash heap nearby.
Sources say police fear that the owners rented some room of the house to the prime suspect in the rape and murder of seven-year old Zainab.
Area residents say the arrested people do not enjoy a good reputation in the area and were unemployed.
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)
It is pertinent to note that during the hearing of the case in Lahore High Court, IG Punjab Arif Nawaz had 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.