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Prime suspect in Lahore Motorway gang-rape case Abid Malhi arrested in major breakthrough

The prime suspect in the Lahore-Sialkot Motorway gang-rape case, Abid Malhi. — Geo News screengrab

The prime suspect in the Lahore-Sialkot Motorway gang-rape case,  Abid Malhi, was arrested on  Monday after a period of one month and two days, Geo News reported.

Police said that Abid is being brought to Lahore from Faisalabad where his DNA test will be taken.

The other suspect who allegedly raped the woman, Shafqat, is in jail on judicial remand. The Intelligence Bureau (IB), Special Branch of the police and other agencies had done a recce of the suspect and tipped off Punjab Police about the whereabouts of Malhi.

Malhi’s DNA test had been obtained thrice from the motorway rape victim’s samples. However, once more his DNA test will be taken and matched with the samples before any formal proceedings begin against him.

Key points about motorway rape suspect Abid Malhi’s arrest:

– Suspect falls into trap laid out by Punjab police

– Police used Malhi’s wife to lure him to Faisalabad

– His DNA test will be taken and matched with samples of the victim

– After the DNA tests, formal proceedings against Malhi will be initiated

The motorway rape case’s prime suspect had managed to evade arrest four times by escaping the clutches of the Punjab police.

How did police manage to catch the motorway rape suspect?

Sources told Geo News that a trap had been laid out for the motorway rape prime suspect, falling into which he was apprehended by police. Sources informed Geo News that Malhi’s wife was given a SIM which she used to call him.

Malhi told his wife in one of his calls to her that he would meet her in Faisalabad. When the motorway rape suspect arrived in the city to meet her, he was nabbed by police officials in plain clothes.

According to Geo News correspondent Ahmad Faraz, Malhi was arrested without any torture or scuffle. He was apprehended easily and taken from Faisalabad to Lahore.

Prime suspect in motorway rape case raped woman and her daughter in 2013

According to reports, Shafqat and Abid were at the Lahore-Sialkot motorway on Sept 9 with an intention to rob any motorist when they saw a stationary white-coloured car on the roadside. The two approached the vehicle, threatened and robbed its occupants, and then gang-raped the woman in front of her children after dragging them to a nearby field.

Police had earlier disclosed that apart from Shafqat’s statement, his DNA had to match as well, which is why the samples had been sent to the Punjab Forensic Science Agency (PFSA). The arrest was made with use of footprint-tracking as well as DNA samples.

The PFSA had Abid’s prior DNA records from 2013, when he had raped a woman and her daughter and was booked alongside four others under Sections 376 and 395. While he had been bailed out at the time, his DNA and fingerprint records were saved in the lab’s data bank.

The lab’s system identified him as the same rapist from more than seven years ago.

What is the motorway rape case about?

Malhi has been on the run since September 9, when it was reported that two robbers had allegedly gang-raped a mother of three on the Lahore-Sialkot motorway in an area falling within Gujjarpura police’s jurisdiction.

The woman, along with her children, was driving to Gujranwala when she was forced to stop at the Gujjarpura section of the motorway after running out of fuel, at around 1:30am.

She immediately called a relative and sent him her location. He asked her to also dial the Motorway Police helpline 130 from which she reportedly received no response.

In the meantime, two robbers reportedly approached the car, broke the window, and took the woman and her children to nearby bushes where they allegedly raped her in front of the children.

They also allegedly snatched her purse carrying Rs100,000 in cash, one bracelet, car registration papers, and three ATM cards.

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