Kohat police arrested on Saturday an accomplice of Mujahidullah, the prime suspect in the Asma Rani murder case.
Based on a tip-off, the accomplice, Shahzeb, who is Mujahidullah’s driver was apprehended on Saturday, District Police Officer (DPO) Kohat Police Abbas Majeed Marwat confirmed. Further investigation is underway.
One of the accused in the Asma Rani murder case, Sadiqullah, disclosed to the Kohat police during interrogation that driver Shahzeb had aided and facilitated in escape after the commission of offence.
Sadiqullah was nominated in First Information Report (FIR) No.20 U/S 302/34 dated January 27 2018. He revealed during interrogation that Shahzeb had helped Mujahidullah, the prime suspect, in escaping.
Last week, reports surfaced that the main accused in Asma Rani murder case, Mujahidullah Afridi has fled to Saudi Arabia, with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police approaching Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to bring him back through the Interpol.
Mujahid Afridi and his accomplice Sadiqullah shot the woman dead on Saturday after she reportedly turned down a marriage proposal by the former. Rani, a third year MBBS student in Ayub Medical College, had named Afridi as her killer in a statement before her death.
“Mujahid had an Umrah visa in advance and he left for Saudi Arabia the very same day after committing the crime,” DPO Kohat told The Express Tribune.
Rani was on vacation in her hometown Kohat when the incident happened, Kohat Development Authority police station SHO Gul Janan said.
When she and her sister-in-law reached home, Mujahid, accompanied by his brother opened fire at her as she got out of a rickshaw and fled the crime scene, the police official said. She was shot thrice and was rushed to a nearby hospital, where she died on Sunday, SHO Janan said.
Police had lodged an FIR in the case on the complaint of Muhammad Irfan, Asma’s brother.
A special investigation team was also formed under the supervision of DPO Kohat to investigate the murder. “Investigation is being conducted along modern lines and the accused will soon be arrested,” he added.