Four arrested after body of 16-year-old recovered from stream

Samples sent to Punjab forensics for more details, cause of death to be determined then


M A Mir March 31, 2018
PHOTO: REUTERS

MUZAFFARABAD: Four suspects were arrested on Saturday in connection with the alleged murder of a 16-year-old girl whose body was found in a stream in the Ali Sojal area of Rawalkot in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), some 140 kilometers away from the capital city of the region.

The four suspects were the last people the girl spoke to on phone before her mysterious disappearance.

Police sources in Rawalakot told The Express Tribune that they received a missing complaint of 16-year-old girl Fazra Bashir resident of Ali Sojal who went missing on March 14.  The police sources further said that on March 23 Fazra's body was found in Ali Sojal stream.

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"The postmortem report cited drowning to be the cause of Fazra's death, however, samples were sent to Lahore for more forensic tests to ascertain the main cause of death of the teenage girl," police sources revealed.

Police sources said while quoting the postmortem report that the body remained in the stream for more than seven days.

"We made the arrests on the basis of who the victim spoke to before she was abducted," police source said.

The suspects were identified as Muhammad Sajid Abbaspur, Nasir Mahmood Saraad Hajeera, Tanveer Ashraf Alisojal and Sheraz Ashraf Redbun Alisojal.

Police sources said that following the final medical report from the Punjab forensics laboratory they will reveal and identify the real cause of death.

Meanwhile,  AJK minister Tariq Farooq said that police is working on the case and justice would soon be delivered.

"Such type of incidents are unacceptable in our society and we will expose the criminals," Farooq added.

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The minister further said that they were still not in a position to claim whether it was a murder or suicide and the police was still working on the case.

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