MUZAFFARGARH-A Kasur-like child abuse scandal came to surface in Kot Addu town of Muzaffargarh district where three friends subjected at least 26 poor children to sexual assault and also made videos of the crime.

The Kot Addu police arrested Faisal (22), Abu Bakar and Shaan alias Shani who have confessed to sexually assaulting the children. DPO Awais Ahmed Malik told the media that a special team of CIA police headed by Khan Niazi was organised to arrest them. The child abuse scandal surfaced after 10-year-old Yousaf was lifted from a street and subjected to sexual assault last week. He was a son of Murtaza Nizami, a caretaker of a mosque. When the parents saw his blood stained "Shalwar", they inquired about it. He narrated the whole story. Murtaza Nizami approached Kot Addu city Police and got registered a case but police failed to apprehend them.

Consequently, a separate team was detailed which caught one of the culprits Abu-Bakr on the information provided by the victim boy. Later, the police arrested the other two culprits Faisal and Shaan. Police said a number of parents have approached the police after their arrest.

The DPO said. "We have registered five cases on the reports of victims." SHO Asghar Iqbal Leghari claimed that the accused have confessed to sexually assaulting at least 26 children.

The DPO said that the cases were registered under section 377 (Sodomy) and 367-A PPC under which they are liable to be punished for life term or death sentence. Police said that 10-year-old Yousaf, Tayyab (11), a student of 6th class, Saqlain (13) of 8th class, Abdullah (11) and Zeeshan Khan (12) have lodged their complaints and five cases were registered.