Shutter-down strike observed; police arrest serial killer

Rafiullah Mandokhail

Zhob: Police and Levies Dolphin Force have arrested the accused Abdul Sattar after hectic efforts late at night from Lakaband area of the district. The accused brutally murdered a teenager, sprinkling petrol on his body and set him on fire with the dried bushes.
According to police, the accused was a serial killer and remained involved in heinous crimes. Earlier, a teenager was murdered after being sexually assaulted in the bordering area of Qamardin and thrown his body into a well. Last year, a widow ‘Irani’ was tricked into marriage and murdered her child after sexual assault. The High Court had sentenced him to life imprisonment, but following his appeal the BHC ordered release of the convicted rapist.

On Monday all the shops and markets remained closed in protest against the incident. The shutter-down strike call was given by the Anjuman-e-Tajiran and supported by Alla Parties Action Committee. All political and religious parties staged a protest demonstration at Shams-ud-din Shaheed chowk, where thousands of people participated.

The speakers vehemently condemned the incident and called it a cruel act. They expressed outrage over the inhumane act and demanded of the Balochistan High Court and the district administration an exemplary punishment and death sentence.

On Jan 28, the twelve-year-old Asmatullah Safi, a resident of the slum area Sohrab Goth, went missing mysteriously. He used to work as a labourer. Finally on Sunday some passersby spotted the charred body of Asmatullah in a deserted place and informed the police. The body was beyond recognition. The CCTV footage of a local hotel on Dera road shows that child is walking with the accused.

The news spread like wildfire, closed elatives of the victim and political and social activists in a large number, placed the dead body at Kaliwal Shaheed chowk and held a sit-in. Highly emotional scenes were witnessed and people were shedding tears. The charged protesters also blocked Zhob-D.I Khan road by setting tyres on fire and erecting barricades.

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