The body of a young son of an official of Defence Housing Authority (DHA) was recovered late Saturday night. Officials assert that the body of Syed Bilal, son of Syed Jalal, was nearly eight days old when found from a desolate plot in phase eight, within the jurisdiction of Gizri police station.
The body was recovered after the prime suspect of the case, named Abu Bakar, who is also a close friend of the victim, confessed to having commited the murder.
Gizri SHO Rana Amjad told The Express Tribune that the deceased lived in Sixth Commercial Street, Defence Phase IV and his father Syed Jalal is director at the DHA Finance Department.
The officials added that he went missing on July 22 having left home after receiving Abu Bakr’s call. The accused had initially stated that he and the victim had gone to a local ‘Shesha’ restaurant but unidentified persons kidnapped Bilal.
Later on, during the course of interrogation, Abu Bakar confessed that he had intended to kidnap the victim for ransom but then decided to kill him. The real motive behind his action remains unclear.
Both the friends studied at the DHA school. Abu Bakr is a resident of Shirin Jinnah Colony and his father is also an employee of DHA.
He said that at least two more persons were implicated in the murder and Anti Violent Crime Cell (AVCC) was investigating the case further.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 31st, 2011.
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