A judicial magistrate on Thursday extended for four days the physical remand of a university student and his co-accused in a kidnapping case.
The Sadiqabad police arrested Murad Khan, a BSC engineering student at the Islamabad University of Science and Engineering (IUSE), and his co-accused, Arman Butt, on a complaint of Awais Bhatti and Mahrukh Waheed, students of the same institute, who claimed that the suspects along with their accomplices kidnapped them and took them to a flat where they tortured them and made their video clips.
Judicial Magistrate Aqsa Zameer extended the physical remand of the suspects with a directive to produce them on May 2.
The police had booked 16 persons including seven students of the institute affiliated with the Arid Agriculture University. The police arrested Khan and Butt on April 21 while the rest of the suspects have obtained pre-arrest bails.
In their complaint, Bhatti and Waheed alleged that on April 21 they went to Dubai Plaza on 6th Road to obtain academic notes from a fellow student. According to them as they came out of the plaza, Mukaram Abbasi, a fellow student, and his other accomplices including Khan and Butt kidnapped them and took them to a flat on Dataganj Bukhsh Road where they tortured them and made their naked video clips.
The complainants told the police that Bhatti had a brawl with Abbasi a day earlier.
A police source privy to the case claimed that according to a preliminary investigation, the allegation of kidnapping and making a naked video could not be proved and the complainants may have fabricated the allegations to trap their opponents.
A police investigator said that the girl was not in contact with the police. He said that the police have sent her repeated reminders and summons to record a fresh statement but she was not ready to do so.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 29th, 2016.