Eight members of Ganda Singh Wala pedophile group arrested: RPO

Published: August 8, 2015
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Express News screengrab of clashes between police and villagers near Kasur.

Express News screengrab of clashes between police and villagers near Kasur.

KASUR: Sheikhupura Regional Police Officer (RPO) Shehzad Sultan said on Saturday that investigations into Ganda Singh Wala pedophilia ring showed that far fewer victims had been filmed than was being claimed in media reports, adding that the victims were ‘teenagers’ and not ‘children.’

During a press conference at Qurban Police Lines, Lahore on Saturday, Sultan said that calling the pornography scandal victims ’children’ was incorrect.

The RPO, flanked by District Police officer (DPO) Kasur, claimed that all videos that the police had reviewed showed victims being sexually abused, adding that the victims were teenagers, not children.

Refuting the claims that more than 280 children had been targeted by the alleged pedophile ring, the RPO claimed that so far only eight cases had been registered against 15 accused men.

He added that after receiving the complaints about a pedophile ring working in the area, police officials from Ganda Singh police station travelled to the village and made announcements in mosques urging people to come forward and lodge their complaints.

However, Sultan said that despite repeated requests only eight complainants came forward o lodge cases.

If there was any truth in the claim that more than 280 children were assaulted sexually, than more complainants would have definitely come forward, the RPO said.

Following investigations, the RPO said that they discovered that of the 15 accused, nine were directly involved. Eight of these men directly involved had been apprehended by police. The ninth man, he said, had secured pre arrest bail from court.

Sultan further said that they had found no evidences against the remaining six accused.

The RPO said that the police found 13 video clips in mobile phones seized from the eight accused. The RPO further claimed that the accused had confessed to making around 30 such video clips, all of which have been destroyed.

Alleging that the protests were orchestrated against police, the RPO claimed that it was a tactic to pressurise the police to arrest some of the people who are relatives of the accused owing to malafide intentions of the protesters, but that these people had no direct connection with the case.

The RPO also exhorted the public to play its role in such a case. “It is not only the police’s responsibility but society’s responsibility as well to stop such aggressors and inform police about them in a timely manner.”

Responding to question that the local SHO was suspended for taking a bribe from the accused to quash the case, Sultan said, “The SHO was replaced after he was injured in a scuffle between villagers and police and not on charges of corruption.”

Earlier it was reported that six men accused of being involved in a child abuse and child pornography scandal have been arrested.

According to a report submitted to the Punjab chief minister revealed that raids are being conducted to apprehend six other men. All 12 men were identified through videos of abuse that investigators got hold of.

Read: 19 injured as protesting villagers clash with police

The committee, comprising Additional Inspector General (IG) Arif Nawaz Khan and Commissioner Lahore Division Abdullah Sunbal, presented its findings to Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, who has directed authorities to apprehend any individuals involved in such incidents.

The CM has vowed to keep influential figures from pressurising the police and has asked authorities to investigate the involvement of PML-N MNA Malik Ahmed Saeed.

A gang of 20 to 25 individuals had reportedly made about 400 videos of sexual abuse of at least 280 children belonging to Hussain Khanwala village near Kasur, according to Express News.

The first FIR of the case was registered on July 1. A total of eight FIRs have been registered so far at the Ganda Singhwala police station, seven for assault and one for threats.

Read: A dangerous place for children

The Punjab chief minister took notice after clashes erupted over the past few days between protesters and police in villages around Kasur, some of which grew violent, injuring both citizens and policemen.

Protesters came out on the streets after news broke out of the police letting go of one of the arrested suspects. Protesters also claim that the police had accepted bribes to turn a blind eye to the activities of the 25-man gang.

Read: Child abuse: Eight-year-old killed after being raped in Quetta

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan expressed shock at the revelations and condemned the acts of child abuse and police complicity.

Around 280 children in remote villages in Kasur district were targeted in a criminal operation that began in 2006. The acts of abuse were filmed and then sold to paedophiles on the Internet and locally. The children who were targeted were reportedly blackmailed and coerced into stealing jewellery and money from their own homes. Families eventually learnt of the crime when several children confessed to their parents.

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Reader Comments (45)

  • curious2
    Aug 8, 2015 - 6:23PM

    Lock these monsters behind bars and throw away the key.Recommend

  • Ashamed
    Aug 8, 2015 - 6:51PM

    Such impure and evil people exist in our so called “Land of the Pure”. It seems every few days something happens in Pakistan or abroad that makes me want to hide my face with shame.

    What in the world has the police been doing all this time? If we have to engage in protests and agitation every single time such a heinous act takes place in order to spur our police and government into action, then that means there is something seriously wrong with our law enforcement, our government and us as a society.

    What a gift of shame to give to your countrymen during this month of independence… Recommend

  • Uzair
    Aug 8, 2015 - 7:19PM

    I am normally opposed to the death penalty on grounds of the possibility of ending the life of a wrongly convicted man or woman. However, in this case, once the guilt of the perpetrators is established beyond any doubt, I think we may finally have a good use for the recently reinstated hangings in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Aug 8, 2015 - 7:36PM

    These criminals and their friends in police must be dealt with iron hand. They deserve no mercy. These are the people who should be hanged first.Recommend

  • hijazi
    Aug 8, 2015 - 7:55PM

    what a moment of shame. .these culprits should be hanged publiclyRecommend

  • CitizenU
    Aug 8, 2015 - 8:12PM

    These guys should be hanged before any others Recommend

  • Aug 8, 2015 - 8:14PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    CM Punjab took notice, you better know what is going to happen! I remember where CM took notice of a barbaric incident when a landlord chopped off both hands of a little boy and again you know what has happened to that case! Recommend

  • xor
    Aug 8, 2015 - 8:15PM

    In Punjab police protect powerful and influential, this is one of the main reason for such a heinous crime. I afraid this thing is more rampant then what we know.Recommend

  • The Literate
    Aug 8, 2015 - 8:39PM

    While most of us we are discussing ‘Cecil’, The Lion….Recommend

  • hamzad afqui
    Aug 8, 2015 - 9:07PM

    Now secularoons, liberaloons and murtadoons with western NGO’s will be out with a vengeance to blame islam and muslims for our ills.Recommend

  • Sana
    Aug 8, 2015 - 9:28PM

    What has “punjab child protection Bureau” has been smoking all this time??? By the end of the day, we are leaving behind molested and heartbroken children who cannot be expected to serve this country (and thus planet Earth) in future with sanity. After APS incident and this scandal today, I am forced to say that Pakistan is not a safe country for our children. Our leaders-cum tyrants have failed our expectations!Recommend

  • ali
    Aug 8, 2015 - 9:37PM

    Government will do nothing…people should take revenge and burn these guys and their properties alongwith their families. ….
    What other justice we are awaiting….Recommend

  • Disgusting
    Aug 8, 2015 - 9:43PM

    They will all get a clean chit. The case is already being taken on different direction. Then above all Rana Sana is involved.Recommend

  • Zafar
    Aug 8, 2015 - 9:57PM

    Thank God hangings have been resumed in Pakistan. Guess even hanging is too small a punishment for such a crime. Burning them alive may be more appropriate.Recommend

  • Lion King
    Aug 8, 2015 - 10:06PM

    Here’s what will happen:

    Some NGOs would come forward and “prove” that the culprits were

    “underage” when they abused the children hence they should

    be spared of the punishment. HRW, AI, HRCP and EU will

    support NGOs claim and meanwhile influentials from

    Sharif party will pull the right strings and the

    culprits will soon walk freeRecommend

  • yasin ladha
    Aug 8, 2015 - 10:20PM

    They should be stoned to death.Recommend

  • Atif
    Aug 8, 2015 - 10:28PM

    PML-N involvement possibility is showing up in media. If this is true pml n leaders must ne behind bars.Recommend

  • Atif
    Aug 8, 2015 - 10:29PM

    PML-N involvement possibility is showing up in media. If this is true pml n leaders must be put behind bars and sentenced to death.Recommend

  • S.Abbasi
    Aug 8, 2015 - 10:38PM

    Sialkot lynching, Raymond Davis, Dr.Shakil Afridi’s case, Axact’s degrees case, Parliamentarians fake degrees , Ayan Ali’s case,Rekodik, Model town, NLC scandal, Youhanabad, Pakistan steel scandal, EOBI scandal, Shahzeb murder and the list goes on and on and on. What a pity nation we are? The whole system has crumbled and we have been rightly labeled as a news maker nation. Every now and then something new, unique and unimaginable surfaces, remains in the limelight for a few days and is then swept under the carpet without holding any one accountable for the misdeeds.
    This case will also meet a similar fate.Recommend

  • Khan Jr
    Aug 8, 2015 - 11:04PM

    We have indeed become a sick society. A country where the police take money to release depraved criminals. A place where a government minister chooses to whitewash the crime rather demand a complete overhaul of the entire system. Recommend

  • Abdullah Feroz
    Aug 8, 2015 - 11:31PM

    Give Capital Punishment to these men in the public.Recommend

  • Hassan
    Aug 8, 2015 - 11:34PM

    The Punjab govt put every case under carpet to protect the real culprits if one critically examine the performance of Punjab govt it would be clear that in each and every case the govt version was “family or land dispute” now the Kasur episode is yet another test case and again the govt is denying child pornography case occured in Kasur on the other hand DPO and RPO are telling the different story and the law minister is looking confused. Each and every time the enquiry committee formed but in this particular case according to a tv report the committee is so active that it gives its findings today which says its a land dispute between two groups, both of them influential. I hope this time also nothing will be new and like in past all convicts would be cleared on different grounds. Shame on CM and Punjab govt that this case was highlighted on a private channel on June 30 and all responsible authorities were unaware about it.Recommend

  • Azi
    Aug 9, 2015 - 12:31AM

    Their fate should also end up in a hanging booth with q rope around their neck. We don’t need such animals loving near our children.Recommend

  • Another Indian
    Aug 9, 2015 - 12:38AM

    Why is peadophilia this rampant among Muslims?Recommend

  • Israr
    Aug 9, 2015 - 1:43AM

    Please change the last line. Children were victims and victims don’t “confess”. The line seems to incriminate children which is absolutely disgusting.Recommend

  • miristan
    Aug 9, 2015 - 4:00AM

    Shame for punjab Government. Nothing will happen the case will be twisted to some other different directions plus point is corrupt police and justice system ,No problem for Punjab Government people have seen videos not the actual penetration so it this can never be proved.
    I love Pakistan.Recommend

  • Wow
    Aug 9, 2015 - 5:13AM

    @S.Abbasi:
    The whole world agrees with you.Recommend

  • Rana M. Aurang Zaib khan
    Aug 9, 2015 - 6:17AM

    **we are totally un secured and un protected society ,We have no right to live,if we don’t protect our children’s. A so called Police has very good case for taking bribe ,even police department Availing the this as an opportunity, Shame on police,and shame on high police officials statement. C.M and his ministers For GOD sake come out from your palaces and castles Air condition Rooms,reach over the village ,And made a camp there.I condemned press conference above by RPO,to say this only ,if your child victims there, may be you feel the pain of Sex Abused Children’s parents.Recommend

  • Jalal
    Aug 9, 2015 - 7:25AM

    @Another Indian:

    Why is peadophilia this rampant among Muslims?

    More like a Punjabi phenomenon.Recommend

  • Nk
    Aug 9, 2015 - 8:18AM

    After hearing of things like this in our society, and adding that up with precious child anise cases, corruption, bribery, extortion, etc, which nation do you think is more deserving of gods wrath? Us, or the western nations we call infidels? At least they protect their children, or do their best to, and have a clean conscience. I certainly think we are more deserving of any punishment even though we call ourselves Muslims.

    Disgusting to hear things like this happening in our society by people who no doubt pretend to be clean and religious. Recommend

  • Jawed Saleem
    Aug 9, 2015 - 8:49AM

    Another dark chapter. Slap on our face/society. The trauma of these young children should NOT go underground. IT WILL RETURN TO HAUNT PAKISTAN…… Oh Pakistan, you hurt !Recommend

  • sohail ahmad
    Aug 9, 2015 - 8:53AM

    A detailed and proper investigation required to be conducted , instead of media trial . Victims and their families names should not be disclosed by wild media during the investigation. Victims specially need some physical and emotional support at this time.International investigation agencies working against child pornography should be involved to track the videos links and specially the clients who paid for to buy these videos.Recommend

  • sohail ahmad
    Aug 9, 2015 - 8:56AM

    @Another Indian:
    pedophilia exists in every society – look around carefully where are you living .Recommend

  • Rizwan khan
    Aug 9, 2015 - 9:08AM

    I am surprised about why the families are not coming forward . Especially now when the focus of the whole nation is on this village. This culture of silence should stop . Pre arrest bale should be declared null and void in such cases. Law makers should place abduction and pedophilia crimes with public dispensation of capital punishment Recommend

  • vicktor d'souza
    Aug 9, 2015 - 9:45AM

    Perhaps a public head chopping..? Cannot be done here ? I am sure Saudi wouldn’t mind some brotherly assist..subcontract.Recommend

  • haroon
    Aug 9, 2015 - 12:37PM

    Shame on shahbaz Shareef and on his team . He should resign after this shameful scandal . And I salute to express team they expose the scandal

    will bring justice for victimise families. Geo express team proud of uRecommend

  • chengez k
    Aug 9, 2015 - 2:58PM

    Shabaz Sharif would now go to Kasur and announce a fly over bridge…

    It is high time these rulers stop living like Kings and solve the real issues of this poor wretched nation…Recommend

  • @Another Indian
    Aug 9, 2015 - 5:05PM

    @Another Indian:
    @Jalal:

    “Why is peadophilia this rampant among Muslims?”

    Durapadi Devi. Did it ring a bell?Recommend

  • Embarrassed of you
    Aug 9, 2015 - 6:27PM

    @israr

    To confess doesn’t only mean to admit to committing a crime, it could also mean to acknowledge something reluctantly because of embarrassment. In your furor you inadvertently made yourself look like an absolute tool.

    Read a book before you decide to correct other people.Recommend

  • Another Human
    Aug 10, 2015 - 10:11AM

    @Another Indian:
    Child porn is a crime perpetrated in every country across the world inclusive of India, Pakistan and the more developed nations. Other countries just have a lot of better laws protecting their citizens regardless of age, sex etc…

    For once, lets just not make EVERY GOD-DAMNED NEWS ITEM about India, Pakistan, Muslims and non-Muslims. A heinous crime was committed in this village, against children who should have been protected. God only knows what sort of future those poor innocents will now be forced to face. As a human, rather than just “Another Indian” try to think and if you need to comment, try to not just make the case sound against a particular community.

    Nobody else commenting here has said otherwise except that the perpetrators should be punished. Your comment was definitely not helpful and irrelevant in the extreme. Recommend

  • someone
    Aug 10, 2015 - 11:57AM

    @Another Human:
    Not sure if you are Indian or Pakistani but let me tell you one thing very straight, for every news article in Pakistani news papers , about a rape case in India, these Pakistanis label India as a rape capital without realizing the dirt under their own carpets. They need to be reminded that these heinous crimes are not specific to countries. Recommend

  • someone
    Aug 10, 2015 - 11:59AM

    @sohail ahmad:
    I hope you would remember your words next time you comment on a rape news article about India in Pakistani news papers.Recommend

  • Mouli
    Aug 10, 2015 - 3:19PM

    @vicktor d’souza: ‘Public head chopping’??? something else needs to be chopped.Recommend

  • jhangir hussain
    Aug 10, 2015 - 4:22PM

    All you pakistanis know that there are victims of rape in every village of pakistan this is an evil that must be rooted out and the perpertrators must face the harshest punishment.Recommend

  • mahakaalchakra
    Aug 10, 2015 - 4:52PM

    @@Another Indian:

    Mythical Draupadi was an ADULT woman. I doubt you are a Hindu Indian if you do not know this fact.

    Does Sharia prescribe any punishment for pedophalias? If yes, use it to the full extent. Afterall Pakistan is run by principles of islam.Recommend

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