According to major developments twenty days later, the women who were victims of highway rapes expressed their willingness to record a preliminary statement on the phone on Monday.
According to the details, the woman is also preparing to identify Shafqat Ali, the suspect with insufficient guardianship.
The police sources told that raids are being conducted in Lahore, Sheikhupura, Kasur, Sahiwal and Nankana Sahib to arrest the accused but he succeeds in fleeing every time while dodging the security personnel.
Five relatives and wives of Abid Ali were also detained for their statements. The arrested were transferred to Lahore for further investigation.
Earlier, Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) had transferred Shafqat, accused of raping a woman on motorway near Gujarpura, to jail on a 14-day judicial remand.
In the initial statement to the police, Shafkat admitted that he had raped a woman on the highway. He also admitted to committing 11 other such crimes along with Abid Ali.
Shafqat told police that they stayed at Qila Sattar Shah the night after the Lahore motorway incident. The next day, they split up with him going to Depalpur and Abid going to his father’s house in Manga Mandi. He revealed that he had last contacted Abid three days ago.
This confession was made after Shafqat’s DNA was matched with samples collected at the crime scene.
Lahore High Court (LHC) had ordered the investigation authorities to arrest suspects involved motorway incident and sought inquiry report, copy of show-cause notice to Inspector General of Punjab Inam Ghani by Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar, record of security arrangements and notification regarding formation of committee for probe into the incident.
During the hearing, Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Umar Sheikh appeared before the court and said that identification process of the suspects has been started as the details of the mishap have been gathered from the victim. We have carried out DNA tests of 53 people and found Abid as prime suspect, he told.
The judge further pointed out that the government has the responsibility to provide protection to the general public. In the current situation, the court must play an important role. He hinted that it was time to investigate the police station’s performance in depth.