Murderer arrested crossing Indo-Pak border at Wagah
LAHORE: Pakistan Rangers on Wednesday arrested a youth, who allegedly slaughtered his mother and removed her eyes over Rs 1.2 million on Tuesday, and handed him over to the Ichhra police, said Ichhra Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Awais Sadiq Shah.
He said the Pakistan Rangers had arrested the ‘killer’ while he was trying to cross the India-Pakistan border at Wagah and handed him over to the police. The DSP said the boy confessed to the crime in the custody of the Pakistan Rangers, when they asked him for the reason of crossing the border.
The DSP said Shiraz Butt was mentally ill and had attacked his brothers in the past. He said the youth had also been admitted in various hospitals for treatment.
However, Ichhra Station House Officer Ahsan Ashraf Butt said the boy, in police custody, said he never killed his mother, Munazza, and the stains on his clothes were not that of blood.
The DSP said the 22-year-old Shiraz killed his 52-year-old mother at their Pir Ghazi Road residence. He said the neighbours rushed to the spot after hearing the hues and cries of the woman. He said the locals informed the rescue services and the police, while the accused fled.
The DSP said Muhammad Shahnawaz Butt was the head of the family and a father of three. He said Shiraz was the youngest of all and one of his brothers was living abroad while the other was running a business.
When contacted, King Edward Medical University/Mayo Hospital Psychiatry Department head and Pakistan Psychiatric Society (PPS) president Prof Dr Muhammad Riaz Bhatti said the boy might be suffering from some form of schizophrenia. “The schizophrenic patient sometimes thinks or imagines of a ‘devil’, which the patient assumes would kill him. Therefore, the patient attacks that devil, which could be the person in front of him,” he said.
Shahnawaz, the deceased’s husband, said he was standing a few yards away from his house while Shiraz started shouting, asking Munazza to give him Rs 1.2 million for his immigration to the United States. He said Shiraz’s elder brother was settled in the United Kingdom (UK) and had tried for Shiraz’s immigration to the UK, but Shiraz refused to go.
He said after some time, he heard Munazza screaming and went inside the house, where he saw Shiraz slitting Munazza’s throat. He said Shiraz had threatened him and escaped on his motorcycle. He, however, denied the police’s allegation that Shiraz was mentally ill and had undergone treatment.
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