The police have arrested the prime suspect involved in the rape and murder of a nine-year-old girl in Mirpurkhas on Thursday.
The girl, NA, was reportedly kidnapped last Friday, but her burnt body was found inside a gunny bag on Wednesday. Medical experts said that the culprits sexually assaulted the girl, throttled her with a wire, and then set the body on fire. Doctors have sent her remains to a laboratory for further investigation.
An FIR was registered at the Satellite Town police station against unknown men. Mirpurkhas SSP Farooque Ahmed Jamali informed Sindh Express that three suspects, Noor Ali alias Mama Panhwar, Wali Ahad Bhatti and Fahd alias Dada Qureshi, had been arrested. He claimed that the prime suspect in the case, Panhwar, had confessed.
Mirpurkhas DIG Ghulam Haider Jamali, who constituted a probes committee, said that two suspects had been detained.
Family mourns loss
According to details, ‘NA’ was a student of Class IV, but also used to help her father run a paan kiosk in the evening. Her mother, Salma, said that she had gone to a shop on Friday afternoon, but did not return. Getting worried, the family informed the police about her disappearance. They thought that she was kidnapped.
Hamid Abro, the victim’s father, worked as a rickshaw driver by day, and ran the paan kiosk in the evening. He told media personnel on Thursday that he used to send his daughter to collect unpaid bills from his customers. He suspected that some of these people might have kidnapped and assaulted his daughter.
The girl’s body was found inside a bag that was lying near Sohail Town and Mir Colony. Residents noticed the bag when they saw stray dogs trying to tear it. The police were called in, and they took the body to the Civil hospital, and then informed the family.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 18th, 2013.