Police form team to nab Batapur suspect who raped, beat minor boy with bricks

Police form team to nab Batapur suspect who raped, beat minor boy with bricks

LAHORE: A team was formed to nab the suspect who raped and beat a minor boy to death with bricks in Batapur a day prior, police said Monday, adding that an investigation in the matter has been initiated.

According to Ashfaq Khan, the deputy inspector-general (DIG) of police for operations, the team to search for the suspects has been set up under the deputy superintendent of police (DSP) for Manawan.

Police said they have registered a first information report (FIR) over the incident against unidentified persons yet, even 24 hours later, the suspects are in the wind. The case was filed on behalf of the deceased boy’s father, Amjad Ali.

Police added that the body was handed over to the bereaved family after a post-mortem was completed.

On the other hand, Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar took notice of the incident. He directed the city police officer (CPO) for Lahore to submit a report in this regard and ordered the immediate arrest of the suspects.

A day prior, the minor boy — identified as 10-year-old Sajjad — was found dead in the fields in Batapur’s Lakhan Sharif area. Police had said the deceased was raped and then beaten to death with bricks.

Sajjad had reportedly left home to take his goats for grazing but never returned. When the boy’s family started a search for him, they had found his body from fields near their village.

Police said the boy was raped before being hit repeatedly in the head with bricks, causing his death by blunt force trauma. More details and facts in the case could be ascertained once the post-mortem report is released, they had added.