Karachi gang-rape suspects sent on judicial remand in illegal weapons' case

KARACHI: Four suspected members of a gang involved in raping college girls were sent on judicial remand in an illegal weapons’ possession case.

They were sent to jail on judicial remand until March 28.

Four young men, said to be members of a gang allegedly involved in sexually abusing college students, were apprehended from the Samanabad area of the metropolis.

However, owing to the reluctance of the victims to lodge a complaint, the police had to book them for weapons’ possession.

According to official, the suspects have confessed to the crime and were involved in the practice for the last three to four years.
The police said they have given their complete assurance to the victims and their families of protecting their identities if they come forward and register a sexual assault case as the state cannot become a complainant in such cases.
Moreover, sources said that senior police officers have put their heads together along with their legal team to figure out a way forward if the victims do not register a case against the suspects.

Videos, weapons recovered

DIG West Amir Farooqi had said that police also recovered videos of the alleged abuse incidents from the suspects, adding that the gang used to con women by making false promises of marriage and employment.
The suspects have been identified as Daniyal Ahmed, Afaq Ahmed, Asad Niazi and Ghufran Mirza.
Moreover, police had claimed to have recovered an SMG rifle and three pistols from the suspects.
“They [the suspects] used to abuse women at a farmhouse, and we have found photographs of them carrying weapons on their social media profiles,” Farooqi had said.
A case was registered against them at the Samanabad Police Station for illegal weapons possession.