Lahore: Police slowing down investigation into girl’s murder parents
LAHORE: Kot Lakhpat Police have allegedly been slow in investigating the case of a 20-year-old woman, Maria, who died of burn injuries in Mayo Hospital on Sunday, Maria’s parents told Daily Times. The parents alleged that their daughter’s husband, mother and father-in-law had set her on fire over domestic issues.
FIR According to the first investigation report (FIR) registered on June 6 on the complaint of the victim’s father Mubbarak, Maria, resident of Baba Farid Chowk, Kot Lakhpat, was set on fire by her husband Asghar, mother-in-law Dano and father-in-law Ashraf over domestic issues on May 31. She died in May Hospital on Sunday. The police said they had amended the FIR and sent the body for autopsy. The FIR stated that the victim’s in-laws and husband set her ablaze after throwing kerosene oil on her.
Parents The deceased’s father and mother alleged that daughter’s in-laws had been bothering her over minor issues since her marriage in December 2007. The victim’s mother alleged that Maria’s husband had beaten her and she returned to her parents’ house. “On May 30, I forced my daughter to go back to her in-laws, but I never knew her in-laws would set her on fire,” Maria’s mother added.
Husband Maria’s husband, who was arrested by the police, denied the allegations, saying that she was cooking food when the gas cylinder exploded and her clothes caught fire. He said that he and his mother had tried to save Maria and in doing so he also received burn injuries on his arms.
The parents alleged that the police had delayed registering the case and only once asked them (parents) about the details of the incident. Assistant Sub-Inspector (Investigations) Ikramul Haq said he had been asked to investigate the case as attempted murder. He said he had visited the hospital, but the doctors told him that Maria was unconscious.
However, sources at Mayo Hospital alleged that the police investigators had never discussed the matter with the doctors. Investigation in charge Investigations in-charge Roa Ibrahim said the police had started investigating the matter from Saturday, June 7. He said they had conducted several raids to arrest the co-accused, but they had escaped. The official said he recovered a damaged cylinder from Asghar’s house on Sunday. He said, “The incident does not look like an accident.” Ibrahim hoped he would solve the case within the next 12 hours.