A month after evading the police, the main suspect in the highway rape case, Abid Malhi, was arrested from Faisalabad.
Police said Abid was being taken from Faisalabad to Lahore, where his DNA test will be conducted.
Highlights on the arrest of highway rape suspect Abid Malhi
The suspect fell into the trap of the Punjab police
The police used Mali’s wife to lure him to Faisalabad
His DNA test will be taken and matched with the victim’s sample
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Shafqat, another suspect who allegedly raped the woman, was imprisoned on judicial remand. The Intelligence Bureau (IB), Special Police Department and other agencies made a record of the suspect and informed the Punjab police of Malhi’s whereabouts before they went to Faisalabad to arrest him.
Malhi’s DNA test was performed three times from samples of highway rape victims. However, before he is formally prosecuted, his DNA test will be performed again and matched with samples of highway rape victims.
Since he escaped, the main suspect in this highway rape case has escaped arrest by Punjab police and successfully escaped four arrests.
The source said that a trap has been set up for the main suspect in the rape case and has fallen into police arrest. A source told Earth News that Mali’s wife was taken to Faisalabad by the police after the suspect told her to see her there.
When Malhi arrived in the city to meet her, he was arrested by plainclothes police.
According to reports, Shafqat and Abid were on the Lahore-Sialkot highway on September 9 with intent to rob any driver when they saw a parked white car on the side of the road. The two approached the vehicle, threatened and robbed the occupants, then dragged them to a nearby field, raped the woman and tied her to the children.
The police revealed earlier that in addition to Shafqat’s statement, his DNA must also be matched, which is why the sample was sent to the Punjab Forensic Science Agency (PFSA). The arrests were made through the use of footprint tracking and DNA samples.
PFSA has previous DNA records of Abid since 2013, when he raped a woman and her daughter, and was booked with four others under Section 376 and Section 395. Although he was released on bail at the time, his DNA and fingerprint records were kept in the laboratory’s database.
The laboratory system identified him as the same rapist seven years ago.
On October 2, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) banned all satellite TV channels from reporting highway rape cases.
The regulatory agency’s notice pointed out that broadcasting content related to the investigation of the case would reduce the “evidence value of the materials collected by the prosecution”.
PEMRA pointed out in its notice that since the crime is related to a sexual crime, media reports on the victim and his family will also make her feel uncomfortable and ashamed.
The authorities told the news channel that no content about the case will be broadcast on electronic, print and social media in the future, and warned that if there is a violation, strict legal actions will be taken in accordance with PEMRA’s order.