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- Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - From Print Edition




In a sensational bloody episodes, seven persons including two young women and a 10-year-old boy were killed in mysterious circumstances and their bodies were thrown in vicinities of Sihala and Lohi Bher, the police said.


The Islamabad Police have recovered four dead bodies — two young men, a young woman and a 10-year-old boy — lying in a ditch near village Gohra Shah, located in the jurisdiction of Sihala Police Station, and two — a young man, around 25-year-old, and a woman aged about 27 years — were recovered from the low-lying area of Police Foundation, O-9, falling in the jurisdiction of Lohi Bher Police Station, the police said.


The police said five people were strangulated and one was stabbed to death. Dr. Waseem Khawaja, a spokesman of PIMS, confirmed after the post-mortem that the victims were strangulated to death and one was stabbed. “Viscera of the dead bodies have been sent for chemical examination to know whether the victims were intoxicated before killing or were straightaway strangled to death,” Khawaja said, adding that apparently, the dead bodies were fresh and they were killed late Sunday night.


The locals of Gohrha Shah, located at GT Road, noticed four dead bodies lying scattered in a ditch, falling in the jurisdiction of Sihala Police Station, and informed the police at about 7a.m. on Monday, the police said adding that the police rushed to the scene and cordoned off the area. The area police collected the dead bodies and about 8.30a.m. shifted them to PIMS with the help of ‘Rescue-1122’ for post-mortem.


Meanwhile, the Lohi Bher Police, received information at midday about two dead bodies lying in a low-lying area of A-Block of Police Foundation, O-9. The Lohi Bher Police reached the spot and recovered two dead bodies wrapped in car-cover cloth, police said adding that one victim was about 27-year-old woman, wearing trousers and shirt, while the other about 24-year-old man, seemed as her servant, wearing brown ‘shalwar kamiz’. The police said that the woman was strangulated and the man was killed by multiple stabs in his abdomen. The police shifted the bodies to PIMS for autopsy.


“All the male victims of both the incidents were in their twenties including a man found from O-9,” the police said and added that their ages were between 24 to 27.


The police, relating the Sihala and Lohi Bher episodes, said that apparently, both the episodes had correlation with each other and killing of the six people had same background and the same group might be involved in the bloody episodes. The police, however, averred that the victims were killed at some other place and the dead bodies were thrown here in Islamabad, which exposed the claim of the Islamabad Police regarding foolproof checking system in the federal capital city.


The police, on the basis of evidences, noted that the dead bodies of both the episodes were loaded on two different vehicles and thrown on two different places. “The murders might be occurred in Rawalpindi and the killers threw the remains in the jurisdiction of Islamabad to misguide the police.” The investigating officers said that they have contacted Rawalpindi Police but no report was lodged in any police station of Rawalpindi in this regard.


The whereabouts and identity of the victims were unknown till filing of this report, however, the people engaged in the investigation of the case, were of the view that the victims were not locals and possibly, most of them were hailing from Gilgit or Chitral. “This aspect cannot be ruled out that the victims were intoxicated before killing as there were no signs of resistance on the bodies of the victims,” they maintained.


Another common thing was that victims of both the incidents were well-dressed except one man whose dead body was found from Police Foundation, O-9, who was stabbed to death, and the women were modern and were wearing jeans and trousers.


In another incident, a security guard, identified as Salim Akhtar, 45, son of Welayat Khan hailing from Rawat, was gunned down by three unidentified gunmen in wee hours of Monday when he was on duty at beverages factory at Model Town Hummak. The assailants manage to escape from the scene after the killing, police said.