Lahore motorway rape: 10 days on, designated police groups but to catch key suspect

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Punjab Police groups working in numerous districts throughout the province primarily based on tip-offs concerning the presence of Abid Ali in addition to his identified hideouts. The News/through Geo.television/Files

LAHORE: Even after the passage of 11 days, Punjab Police’s designated groups have did not arrest the important thing suspect, Abid Ali, within the Lahore motorway case.

On September 9, two armed males allegedly gang-raped a lady stranded on the M11 route together with her kids earlier than robbing her.

The incident has despatched shockwaves throughout Pakistan, sparked main protests, with many demanding capital punishment for the perpetrators, and prompted a dialog on sexual abuse in mainstream debates.

The deputy inspector-general (DIG) of police for investigations, Shahzada Sultan, nevertheless, appears hopeful, saying on Sunday that the fugitive, Abid Ali, would even be arrested quickly like his confederate, Shafqat Ali, who was apprehended earlier this week.

Sultan — who heads a six-member particular investigation group arrange by the inspector-general (IG) of police for Punjab, Inam Ghani — mentioned that at the least eight designated raid groups are working to seek for and arrest Abid.

Integrated community, rapid-response groups

The eight groups have personnel from Punjab Police’s Crime Investigation Agency (CIA), the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD), and the Special Branch, he mentioned.

The Punjab Police has additionally laid down an built-in community, together with rapid-response groups, in numerous districts throughout the province primarily based on tip-offs concerning the presence of Abid, in addition to at his identified hideouts.

DIG Sultan famous that two suspects have been discovered to be concerned to this point within the case.

Earlier, on Friday, police had warned residents and safety personnel to be cautious of the prime suspect as he could change his look in an try to cover his id.

Prime suspect could change look

Authorities circulated numerous potential appearances that Abid could become in an effort to keep away from being caught.

These photos had been despatched out through WhatsApp and plastered throughout police stations in order that anybody who spots a person bearing resemblance to one of many images could inform authorities.

Among the 4 images distributed, one reveals Abid along with his unique face and coiffure, a second one with a bald head and moustache, one other the place he’s clean-shaved with a bald head, and the final with a French beard. In all 4, his major options haven’t been altered.