Eight suspects were arrested after the body of a minor girl was found in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s town of Charsadda, police said on Thursday.
According to police, the minor girl was kidnapped and then sexually assaulted before being brutally murdered, and her body bears torture marks.
Dr Maimuna at the district headquarters (DHQ) hospital said that an initial probe confirmed that the minor had been raped.
District Police Officer (DPO) Charsadda Muhammad Shoaib said that the girl was abducted on October 6 and her body was found the next day.
He said that doctors have also identified animal claw marks on the body.
The DPO said that geo-fencing of the crime scene has been carried out and the girl’s DNA samples have been sent to a forensic laboratory and the results are awaited.
He said that a case has been registered against unknown suspects with clauses of kidnapping and murder included. A special investigation team under Superintendent of Police (SP) Darwesh Khan has been formed to probe the matter.
The girl’s father said that the family has no enmity with anyone.
According to Inspector General of Police (IGP) Charsadda Sanaullah Abbasi, the police have “gathered some evidence” and the results of the DNA report will take some time.
Meanwhile, a boundary dispute arose between Peshawar and Charsadda police over the Jabba Korona area where the crime took place after which district administration said that the revenue department will survey the area and determine the divide.
Afterwards, the revenue department said that Jabba Korona falls within the jurisdiction of the Daduzai police station. According to police, Peshawar and Charsadda police will work together to arrest the perpetrator.
In addition, Chief Minister KP Mahmood Khan has noted with concern reports of the incident and ordered the inspector general of police to ensure the speedy arrest of the culprit.
“Those involved in the incident will never be able to escape the clutches of the law and will be awarded exemplary punishment,” he vowed.
The director-general of law and human rights Dr Asad Ali also took notice of the crime. He formed a committee to conduct an independent inquiry with director for human rights Naseem Khan appointed as its head.