Lahore: Minor girl found murdered in abandoned cold storage
LAHORE: Police found two bodies – one of a minor girl and the other of a young man – who were murdered in separate incidents in the provincial capital on Thursday. The body of nine-year-old girl, identified as Esha, was found in an abandoned cold storage near Barkat Stop in Shadbagh.
Shadbagh police said the victim was daughter of Akhtar Ashiq of Shah Din Park. Quoting Akhtar, City SP (Operations) Dr Shahzad Asif said Esha left home around 4pm on Wednesday for buying toffees from a nearby shop but did not return. An extensive search for the missing girl proved futile.
Shopkeeper Sikandar told Akhtar that Esha bought toffees and left the shop. On Thursday morning, some passersby spotted the girl’s body lying in the veranda of the abandoned cold storage and alerted the police.
The SP said going by circumstantial evidence and forensic examination of the body, the police believed the girl was strangled after being sexually assaulted. He, however, said a post-mortem examination would be carried out to determine the exact cause of her death.
He said a case had been registered against unidentified culprit(s). In the other incident, Burki police recovered the body of a man in his 30s from Burki Canal and shifted it to hospital for autopsy.
The police said the victim, not yet identified, had marks of bruises on the skull. It appeared that unidentified killers used a sharp-edged weapon to slay the young man, the police added.