On the directions of Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar, a joint investigation team has been constituted for investigating the tragic incident of the murder of children in Chunian. DPO Kasur will be the head of the JIT. JIT will consist of SP Investigation Kasur, SP Investigation Provincial Investigation Branch, representatives of intelligence bureau and counter-terrorism department. Punjab Home Department has issued a notification in this regard.
Meanwhile DSP Chunian and SHO have been suspended for showing negligence in the children’s murder case. The chief minister made it clear that strict action will be initiated negligence has been shown by the police.
Meanwhile, provincial ministers Hashim Dogar and Sardar Asif Nakai visited the residences of the bereaved families in Chunian and expressed deep sense of sorrow and grief. They also assured the provision of justice on behalf of the chief minister. Chief Minister Usman Buzdar also directed the law minister Raja Muhammad Baharat and IG Police to reach Chunian adding that both should visit the place of crime and console the bereaved family members as well
Meanwhile protests erupted in Kasur on Wednesday, a day after the remains of three minor boys, whom police suspect were murdered after sexually assaulted, were recovered in Kasur’s Chunian tehsil. Protesters blocked roads in Chunian and burned tyres while chanting slogans against the police. The demonstrators also surrounded the Chunian police station as they protested against lack of arrests and incidents of child abduction.
Four children aged between eight and 12 years had been missing since June with 8-year-old Faizan disappearing on Monday night. Before Faizan, 12-year-old Muhammad Imran of Rana Town went missing on June 3, while 9-year-old Ali Husnain and 8-year-old Suleman Akram of Ghausiabad went missing on August 8 and Aug 17, respectively. Locals say a fifth child is also missing.
One of the bodies was identified as that of Faizan, while remaining were believed to be of Ali and Suleman. Police are yet to find any clue about Imran’s whereabouts. A large number of locals attended Faizan’s funeral prayers offered on Wednesday. In a post-mortem report dated September 17, the medical officer of THQ Hospital Chunian, Zuhaib Abid, said that Faizan had died from “asphyxia due to fracture of hyoid bone because of strangulation and neck choking”. Abid confirmed in the report that the boy had died after being sodomised and physically tortured.
Meanwhile, Punjab Inspector General of Police Arif Nawaz Khan said that many individuals are being investigated with regards to the incident and that three different investigation teams are working in Chunian. The provincial police chief said that the PFSA will conduct a DNA test of the three minors’ remains and it will be matched with the DNA of the suspects.
Khan said he was getting constant updates on the case and added that an example would be made out of the suspects. A wave of shock and terror gripped Chunian when police recovered the three bodies on Tuesday. Locals suspected a racket was behind the killing of minor boys after rape.
District Police Officer (DPO) Abdul Ghaffar Qaisarani had said that the sexual assault would be confirmed after a medical report was issued, but that the possibility of murder after rape could not be ruled out. He had denied the presence of any racket. Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar also took notice of the incident and sought a report from the inspector general of police. He also demanded the killers be traced at the earliest.