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Motorway gang rape ‘blind incident with no proof’: Punjab legislation minister

Punjab legislation minister Raja Basharat addressing the media after surveying the crime scene, on September 11, 2020. — Geo News

Punjab legislation minister Raja Basharat on Friday stated that the motorway gang rape  reported earlier this week is a “blind incident with no evidence”.

The legislation minister was addressing the media after having surveyed the crime scene on Lahore’s Ring Road freeway.

Late Wednesday evening, a lady was allegedly assaulted, raped and robbed by a number of males in entrance of her youngsters when her automobile ran out of gas outdoors Lahore, close to Gujjarpura.

“This is a blind incident. There is no overt evidence to take the matter forward. We will have to develop the evidence through an investigation and have it corroborated and only then will we be able to get to a point where we can have a concrete picture,” the legislation minister stated.

He stated he “accepts” that it’s a problem for the Lahore police, and subsequently, is a problem for the Punjab authorities.

“Our monitoring committee is reviewing all administrative aspects and we are looking at how we can take the investigation forward,” Basharat stated.

“There is a particular committee fashioned by the IGP which is probing the incident beneath which about 28 groups are working. They are wanting on the case from varied angles

“Whatever evidence we could collect from the crime scene we did and the forensic team will present a report soon. The lady’s medical tests have also been carried out,” he added.

At this time the Punjab authorities and Chief Minister Usman Buzdar’s “total emphasis” is on apprehending the culprits.

The legislation minister stated that the folks’s sentiments have been excessive for the time being and so is the federal government sorrowful over the incident.

“The provincial government is responsible for the safety of our women […] we will put forward recommendations to the chief minister so that such incidents do not occur in the future.”

He stated the Punjab Highway Patrolling Authority was made dysfunctional however now the chief minister has authorised the acquisition of recent vehicles for the unit and for higher patrolling, 500 new vehicles are being bought for the police pressure usually.

Basharat stated the folks’s confidence might be restored when the culprits are dropped at justice and “no one responsible will be able to escape punishment”.

To a query concerning why — regardless that the motorway has been practical for eight months — motorway police say it hasn’t been handed over to them, and the way he thinks crime will be managed when the police station that has jurisdiction is a complete 10 kilometres away, Basharat stated the matter is between the National Highway Authority and Frontier Works Organisation.

“We are also examining this aspect of the matter — why there was an ineffective patrolling system. NHA says some work is remaining […] but this is a separate matter,” the legislation minister stated.

‘Eyewitness’ surfaces

Meanwhile, a person claiming to be an eyewitness to the incident, instructed Geo News through phone that he “saw one of the robbers dragging the woman out to the fields”.

“The man was also slapping the woman,” he claimed, including that one different man was standing behind her automobile.

The man stated he known as the 15 police helpline to tell them of the incident.

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