Six-year-old girl choked to death in Hyderabad

Police find the body dumped in a plastic bag


Our Correspondent September 29, 2018
PHOTO: FILE

HYDERABAD: A child was allegedly killed and dumped along the roadside with her body packed in a black plastic bag in Hyderabad. The incident took place in Latifabad Unit 10 on Thursday night.

Six-year-old Armish Aftab, student of second grade, left home on Thursday evening. After she went missing, the family began to search for her in the neighbourhood. Hours later, they were informed that a body covered in a plastic bag was found and shifted to Bhittai Hospital.

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"We ran to the hospital hoping that the deceased wasn't my daughter," sobbed the crestfallen father, Aftab Arain who owns a glassware shop. Unfortunately, the slain child was identified as his daughter. Armish was Arain's only child.

Hyderabad SSP Adeel Hussain Chandio said the child was likely murdered. He said an investigation has been initiated.

A police source, requesting anonymity, said that three female relatives of Arain have been interviewed in connection with the case. The police also obtained CCTV footage in which a person clad in black burqa is seen carrying the plastic bag in their hands and later dumping it around a corner. The suspect has yet to be identified.

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On Friday, the B-Section police registered an FIR on complaint of Arain under sections 302 and 34 of the PPC pertaining to murder. But the FIR has not nominated any suspect with the name. Investigation Officer Rao Muhammad Nasir said that according to the initial medical report, Armish was asphyxiated with either a pillow or a piece of cloth wrapped around her mouth and nose. 

Published in The Express Tribune, September 29th, 2018.

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