Four men in police custody confess to rape, blackmail in Karachi

They were originally arrested for illegal possession of arm, ammunition


Faraz Khan March 16, 2018
PHOTO: REUTERS

KARACHI: In a starling revelation, four young men, arrested by Sindh Police for illegal possession of arms and ammunition, have confessed to involvement in gang-rapes and blackmail.

The four suspects, Daniyal, Asad, Afaq and Ghufran, were arrested in the jurisdiction of Samanabad Police Station on Thursday night during an intelligence-based raid in a public park. The officials recovered a sub-machine gun and two pistols, said SHO Amir Azam.

Further investigations revealed the men, aged between 22 to 25, were involved in sexually assaulting and blackmailing girls in Karachi. The police recovered illicit videos from the suspects’ phones.

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"We had no idea about their involvement in gang rapes at the time of the arrest,” Azam told The Express Tribune. "However, the videos recovered from their cellphones revealed their involvement in sexually assaulting girls.”

The police official said the suspects would initiate friendship with girls. The men would sexually assault the girls and record it. They would then blackmail the girls through those illicit videos.

The men have confessed to raping at least three girls at a farmhouse. However, the police are unable to book them for rape and blackmail as the complainants have not come forward.

Azam said the men have booked for illegal possession of arms and ammunition. A lower court sent on Friday the suspects’ on a physical remand.

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