Nankana rape case: SC wants action to be taken against negligent police officials

Published: December 20, 2014
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Petitioner said the govt decided to buy the chopper even though the CM already has two. PHOTO: REUTERS

Petitioner said the govt decided to buy the chopper even though the CM already has two. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: The Inspector General Punjab police told the Supreme Court on Saturday that criminal as well as departmental actions have been initiated against those police officials who had shown negligence in the gang rape case of deaf and dumb woman in Nankana.

AGP Mushtaq Ahmad Sukhaira submitted a report of the October 9, 2013, incident to the apex court in which he said that cases against the responsible police officials are pending before courts.

Departmental action against ex- DPO Nankana Muntazir Mehdi is pending in the competent authority and departmental action against Inspector and Sub-Inspector has been finalised under the rules.

Earlier, the police had on November 8, 2013, told the SC that investigations could not prove that a rape had taken place since the victim refused DNA testing at the Punjab Forensic Science Laboratory.

The top court, however, disposed off the case on November 20, 2013, and  directed IG Punjab to initiate proceedings against police officials for their criminal negligence.

The report added that the police later registered a criminal case against SI Maqbool Ahmad and Inspector Farmaish Ali for conducting a faulty investigation by failing to record the statement of the victim as per Section 161 CrPC or arresting the accused as well as acquisition of DNA report of the parties well in time.

The report added that the Punjab government had on November 26, 2013, sent the case to the Establishment Division for taking departmental action against DPO Nankana Sahib Muntazir Mehdi. It was followed up by a reminder on October 9, 2014.

According to the report, the case was lodged by complainant Muhammad Ibrahim, brother of the victim, since his sister is deaf and dumb. On October 9, 2013, when her husband was in his tailoring shop, the two accused Maddassar and Muzammal entered his sister’s residence room and took her another room at gunpoint, where, four unknown persons were also present, adding that all the six accused raped her.

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