rawalpindi - Regional Police Officer (RPO) Wisal Fakhar Sultan Raja has taken notice of the gang rape of a 19-year-old girl and sought a detailed report from deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Civil Line Circle, sources informed The Nation yesterday.

They added that RPO also ordered Airport police to probe the case on merit and nab the culprits involved in the heinous crime.

A citizen Muhammad Akram accused three men Nadeem, Malik and Raja Abid of kidnapping and raping his 19-year-old daughter HA in a house located at Habib Town and recording the objectionable scenes in a mobile phone on July 10, 2016 to blackmail the girl. A case was registered against the accused with Police Station (PS) Airport on the intervention of SP Potohar Division.

Meanwhile, the case took a new turn as investigators claimed that the parents of victim girl held a jirga with the heirs of main accused Nadeem. Many notables of the area attended the jirga soon after the girl revealed her ordeal to her family. They also accused the girl’s parents of concealing the actual facts from police.

However, the father and the brother of victim girl denied holding of any jirga in this regard.

Talking to The Nation, Station House Officer (SHO) PS Airport Chaudhry Bisharat said that the circumstances and ground realities of the gang-rape case were suspicious and to be investigated thoroughly.

He said that the family of victim girl held a jirga with the family members of accused Nadeem and tried to solve the dispute. However, both the parties could not reach any consensus and then the victim girl’s family approached police for legal action against the rapists.

“The facts and figures of the case need to be investigated as Nadeem’s family told the jirga that he was at home at the time of occurrence of crime,” the SHO said.

“I have summoned the participants of jirga to police station to know what actually was discussed in the jirga,” he said. “This gang rape case needs to be probed from all the angles to dig out the truth,” the SHO claimed. He said that Nadeem, the accused, was ready to surrender before police voluntarily.

The ill-fated father, when contacted, told that no jirga was held by him or any other member of his family. However, he said that a brother of Nadeem along with six others arrived at his home and sought 24 hours time from him to sort out the things. He said that no one contacted him from the accused party after passage of 24 hours.

He said that an accused Raja Abid has been hurling threats of dire consequences at him to force him not to pursue the case.

DSP Farhan Aslam did not attend his cell phone when this correspondent tried to contact him to know his version on the issue.

Police sources told The Nation that Nadeem surrendered before airport police. They said that the accused told police that he has an affair with the girl who wanted to marry him. They said that Nadeem told them that he was already married and has refused to accept the demand of the girl.