An autopsy report confirmed on Saturday that the boy found strangled on the roof of a mosque a day earlier was molested several times before his death.
Hours earlier, the family of the five-year-old victim protested in Green Town with the body but dispersed peacefully after Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Amin Wains assured them that the perpetrators will be brought to justice.
None of the seven suspects rounded up in connection with the macabre murder have been released yet, according to Wains.
The child was buried after the funeral prayers on Saturday in which a large number of people including police officers participated.
“The prayer caller [at the mosque] is a prime suspect because the body was recovered from his locked room on the rooftop of the mosque,” said Wains. Police is now waiting for the forensic report of the suspects.
Speaking to The Express Tribune, SP Saddar Ijaz Shafi Dogar said that seven suspects are in their custody including the son of the prayer leader of the mosque and the brother of the prayer caller.” He voice hope that they will solve the cases within three days with the help of the forensic test that could be carried out ahead of the holidays.
Earlier, the Punjab chief minister took notice of the incident late Friday and asked CCPO to ensure that the culprits are arrested and the family is delivered justice.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 4th, 2015.