SIALKOT

A seminary student was murdered after molestation allegedly by his three teachers in Islamnagar locality of Sialkot city on Monday.

Some students of the religious seminary found the dead body of Abdul Rehman, 15, in the courtyard of the mosque-cum-seminary before the Fajar Prayers. As they raised their alarm after seeing the body, the local people gathered.

The students and the people told the police that the accused killed Abdul Rehman with repeated attacks of sharp-edged weapons in his belly after molesting him. They said that the accused killed him to conceal their crime.

The perpetrators fled away by leaving the body in the courtyard of the Madrassa.

The victim's father Bahadur Khan told the police that the seminary's cleric Qari Abdul Hameed alias Chishti criminally molested his son with the help of two other teachers namely Qari Samiullah and Qari Khalil in the wee hours of Monday. Later, he said, they brutally murdered his son to conceal their sin.

The nasty incident has infuriated the local people. The victim had also been working as servant at the house of his teacher Qari Abdul Hameed for the last five years.

The people said that the accused had a bad reputation in the area.

Local people protested and besieged "Madrassa Jamia Masjid Pir Mehar Ali Shah". They staged a protest demonstration and also a sit-in by placing the body in front of the Muradpur police station on the main Sialkot-Head Marala Road. The protesting people also kept the traffic blocked for about one and half hours by burning tyres on the roads.

Later, some other students of the religious seminary told the police investigators that the three accused had also tried to molest them during the nights a few days ago, but they remained safe as some other students had awaken after listening to their hues and cry in the seminary.

District Police Officer Rai Ejaz Ahmed conformed that the victim was brutally murdered after molestation by his teachers in the seminary.

The DPO said that though the medical report was still awaited, however, the condition of the victim student was revealing that he was murdered brutally after molestation.

He added that the Muradpur-Sialkot police have sealed the mosque-cum-seminary after the incident.

He revealed that police have arrested all the three accused after registering a murder case against them. The case has been registered on the report of the victim father. Police have shifted the body to Govt Allama Iqbal Memorial Teaching Hospital Sialkot for autopsy.