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Monday Aug 19 2019

Three more arrested for torture, murder of minor boy over suspected robbery in Karachi


KARACHI: Karachi police have arrested three more suspects in the murder of a teenage boy who was brutally tortured to death over accusations of stealing from a bungalow in the city's Bahadurabad area.

According to police, two alleged robbers attempted to enter a bungalow near Kokan Ground in Bahadurabad on Saturday. The security guard in the area caught one — identified as 17-year-old Rehan — while the other one managed to escape. However, the bungalow's owner and his neighbours tied the young boy by his hands and beat him up.

A video circulating on social media showed Rehan unable to move, with his hands tied to a metallic grill and his pants forcefully taken off, as the owners and others questioned him. The boy could be heard naming his alleged accomplices in the video, which was recorded by the owner and area residents. Pictures of the minor boy's dead body showed visible signs of torture.

In the latest development in the case on Monday, police said they had arrested three more suspects – Anas, Shahrukh, and Masood – after identifying them with the help of the video footage.

Police had already arrested the owner of the bungalow, Daniyal, and his friend, Zubair, on Saturday in connection with the murder.

A First Information Report (FIR) has been registered at the Bahadurabad police station on the complaint of Rehan's father Mohammad Zaheer.

Rehan's father earlier told reporters that his son worked as a butcher during Eid-ul-Azha. He said Rehan told him he was going to collect money for his work but never returned home.

Zaheer has also filed an application with police to include terrorism charges in the FIR against the suspects for attempting to spread terror by recording the video of his son's torture and putting it on social media.

The minor boy's funeral prayers were offered at a mosque in the Khudadad Colony area.