When Zameer* fell silent, Murad* thought he had only fallen unconscious. It was not until the morning -- when the administrator of the seminary in F-6/1 came to wake them up for Fajr prayers -- that it became evident that Zameer had died.
Upon enquiry, Murad admitted to beating Zameer up with a rod for making sexual advances towards him at night. One blow of the rod hit Zameer in the head and he fell to the ground.
“Murad thought Zameer was only unconscious and would be alright in the morning,” the administrator told the police. “He was terrified and did not know what to do,” he added, saying that before picking up the rod, Murad said he had tried to dissuade Zameer many times.
Zameer’s body was taken to Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences for autopsy, after which it was handed over to his family in Chakwal. The postmortem established that the blow on the head was the fatal hit -- Zameer died of internal bleeding in his unconscious state, police said.
The police added that Murad was arrested and booked for murder after he confessed to killing his 16-year-old roommate. They added that the rod was also recovered from the room.
The investigation officer said they found no evidence to suggest that Murad was lying or making up a story. “Neither were there any signs that any one else was involved in the murder,” said the police official.
He added that the 16-year-old Murad will be produced before the court on Monday to obtain a judicial remand, after which he will be sent to Adiala jail to be locked up among adult prisoners, as there are no separate cells for juveniles.
*Names changed to protect identity
Published in The Express Tribune, August 1st, 2011.