LAHORE: A minor girl, maid by profession, was tortured to death by a couple and their accomplices in Askari 9 flats in North Cantt police area on Friday.
The victim was working as a maid at the house of Altaf Mehmood, residing in Askari-9, house no 280.
According to the investigation officer, they registered an FIR on complaint of a mother Zubada Bibi, of her 10-year-old deceased daughter Irum. The girl hailed from from Moza Jandra Okara. The officer said according to statement of the complainant, accused Altaf Mahmood, his wife Nasira and his son Muhammad Ibrar, along with two unknown accomplices tortured the victim to death. She said her daughter was working at their house for last three months.
Sources said that victim’s hands were folded with ropes and she was severely tortured allegedly by the house owner. After a severe torture, the maid’s condition got too critical and as a result the owner Altaf and his spouse Nasira took her to their locality hospital, but she had died on the way.
Police said that Nasira has confessed torturing her. He quoted her as saying that Irum had stolen Rs 30,000 from their house. She said her husband and her son had nothing to do with the incident. The investigator officer said they had arrested all three accused and interrogating them. He cited Altaf as saying that her wife had some mental disorder and was getting treatment from Mental Hospital Lahore.
He said marks of torture were evident on the body of the minor girl and apparently she died of torture. He said the situation would be clear after autopsy. He said they had recovered a rope and a pipe which were used to torture and kill her.
Separately, a man and his son were gunned down in result of old enmity in Badami Bagh police area.
Police officer said 80-year-old Jahangir and his son Ghulam Dastagir, 45, were going from their house in Hussain Park towards district courts for appearance in a case. He said as they reached Lohay Wali Pully signal stop, four assailants on two motorcycles intercepted and opened fire at them. The officer said his team shifted the victims to a hospital where doctors pronounced them dead. He said on complaint of Almgir Khan, brother of Jahangir, they had registered FIR against Qamar, Waheed and three unknown accused under section 302 of PPC, however no arrest has been made so far. He said they had old enmity and it was the reason behind their killing.
Separately, a 25-year-old house maid committed suicide by taking poisonous pills over poor financial issue in Defence-A police area.
The deceased was identified as Safiya of Sahiwal and was working and accommodated at the rented house near the Defence-A locality. Police said the victim was working in a different house as housemaid to meet her family expenses and she was currently in a dire financial crisis that ended up her life in a suicide. Her family members took her to a nearby hospital, where doctors pronounced her dead. Police handed over the body to her heirs after fulfilling the legal procedure.
Meanwhile, in another incident, electronic items were reduced to ashes when a fire erupted in a basement of building located in Hall Road Qilla Gujar Singh police area while another two incidents of the fire reported in different areas of city.
According to an official of Rescue 1122, a go-down of electronic items at Hall Road caught fire due to short circuit. When informed, rescuers reached the spot and started rescue operation. Rescue official said that fire suddenly broke out in warehouse of the Makarma center basement. Firefighters reached the spot and controlled the fire after hectic efforts.
In another similar incident, a fire broke out plastic factory at Darogah Wala Stop Bagbanpura area. A fire also broke out in Furnace Oil factory at Lakhodayr Baghbanpura due to short circuit. No casualties were reported in either of the incidents.
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