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Zainab murder: ATC gives killer in police custody on 14-day physical remand

LAHORE – An anti-terrorim court (ATC) has given suspect Imran in Zainab murder case in police’s custody on Wednesday on 14-day physical remand.

Imran was presented before the ATC in tight security arrangments in Zainab murder case after he was held yesterday in Kasur following examination of his DNA sample.

Prosecutor told the court today that the 24-year-old suspect used to lure children using eatables and rape them before murdering them. He added that his DNA sample matched with those collected off as many as eight minors in Kasur including late seven-year-old Zainab.

The arrest

Imran was held some 14 days into the probe and was earlier arrested during preliminary investigation on January 9 but was released after he ‘suffered’ of a attack.

Two brothers and five sisters of the suspect were also detained while his house was shut as the locals attempted to set it on fire. Sources privy to the investigators revealed that the alleged culprit had shaved off his beard after CCTV footages were widely broadcast on national television channels before his identification.

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He had fled to Pakpattan after Zainab’s murder case was reported nationally and to Arifwala from there before returning to hometown days later.

Police detained six alleged accomplices of Imran, out of which four were revealed to have helped him hide in their houses while one agreed to become an approver.

Seven-year-old raped and murdered

Zainab was raped and murdered after abducted on January 4. Her body was found from a heap trash on January 9 in Kasur when her parents were in Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah.

The guardians complained upon return that late Zainab had gone missing at least five days ago and the police did not cooperate with the relatives, who were looking for the missing minor.

Zainab had marks of torture on nose, neck, and other parts of the body – according to the autopsy. The samples collected from her clothes and body were sent to forensic laboratory.

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