The body of another minor was found in Kasur’s Chunian tehsil on Sunday.
According to the police, a resident named Faiz Rasool spotted the body and informed them. The child’s body was found in the same vicinity as the other three corpses of minors which were found recently.
The four minors had been sexually assaulted and murdered, they added.
Police have taken the body into custody for an autopsy and further investigation. They said the deceased is believed to be a boy named Ameer Hamza.
DPO Kasur Zahid Marwat, who visited the crime site, said that they will be able to identify the body after they a DNA report. Last month, the bodies of three minor boys were found in the Chunian Industrial Area of Kasur.
Police stated that one of the three deceased had been identified as eight-year-old Sufyan, the son of Chunian resident Ramzan. However, the remaining bodies could not be identified due to the extent of decomposition.
Police added that they believe the same culprit/culprits are responsible for all three deaths as the bodies were discovered in the same area.
At the time, DPO Abdul Ghaffar Qaisarani stated that the unidentified corpses were approximately two months old. Soon after the discovery of the bodies, protests rocked the area on Wednesday with people blocking roads and burning tires, demanding those responsible for the crime immediately be arrested.
A post-mortem of the eight-year-old victim revealed he was sexually abused and then strangled to death. The remaining two victims have yet to be identified. The province’s top police officer has constituted a six-member committee to investigate the incident. The investigation is being led by Superintendent of Police (SP) Qudoos Baig.
The district of Kasur has long been in the spotlight, with cases of sexual abuse with the murder of children repeatedly coming to the forefront.
Police have taken nine suspects into custody and DNA tests of the suspects will be carried out today. A police team also arrived at the crime scene to collect samples.
The local traders association and the Chunian Bar Association has also called for a strike against the abuse and demanded that the killers be immediately arrested.
At the time, Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar took to social media to condemn the incident, adding that he is in touch with IG Punjab over the matter.
Kasur was thrust into the spotlight after the rape and murder of eight-year-old Zainab sent shockwaves through the nation.
The province’s chief executive further added that senior officials are at the scene and agencies, including the Special Branch and forensic laboratory are involved in identifying those responsible for the crime.
As a further measure, CM Buzdar claimed that a special safe city project has been “immediately started” in Kasur.
District Police Officer Kasur Abdul Ghafar Qaisrani suspended DS Chunia Naeem and SH City Chunian Irfan Gul, citing negligence as the reason.
A statement by the district police officer stated that the accused involved in the murder of three innocent children will be traced and arrested soon. “Police teams are working day and night,” the statement read.
He also requested citizens and businessmen to cooperate with the police to ensure the arrest of the suspects.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 1st, 20