Dera Ghazi Khan: BMP officials accused of rape surrender
DERA GHAZI KHAN: As mystery still shrouds the identity of the Fort Munro gangrape tourist women, the three Border Military Police (BMP) officials involved in the incident surrendered to administration on Sunday. The BMP officials are Naveed, Zafar and Amjad. Earlier contingents of the BMP and Rangers were dispatched to Fort Munro to arrest the accused. The BMP high-ups on Sunday held a meeting with tribal elders to woo them to hand over the accused, who belong to the Leghari tribe. The tribal elders assured the authorities that the accused would join investigation.
Senior officials said the rape victim women gave contradictory statements about the incident and their identities. They said that they had interrogated the victims one by one and they gave contradictory statements, raising doubts about the incident. They said that the victims had failed to provide details of their families and the district administration had then decided to contact Nadra for getting their complete identity.
According to the initial findings of the Border Military Police, the complainant, Asif Imran, could not prove his relation with the victims as he had earlier claimed that one of them was his fiancée.
Meanwhile, a three-member team comprising the home secretary, the additional inspector general of police special branch and the special secretary to chief minister reached Dera Ghazi Khan and recorded the statements of the victims.
The victims will be produced before a judicial magistrate today (Monday). They are in official custody at the local Circuit House. Agencies add: DG Khan DCO Iftikhar Ali Sahu said, “Whether the allegations of rape are true or false, we can determine this only after an investigation.” Tariq Basra, head of the Border Military Police, said the women filed a complaint with him that the accused were drunk and raped them. He said, “The women complained that they were also filmed when the policemen assaulted them,” he said.
In Lahore National Assembly Standing Committee on Human Rights Chairman Riaz Fatyana has condemned the gang–rape of the tourist women. According a press statement, Fatyana called the border military police commandant, DCO and DPO of Dera Ghazi Khan to appear before the HR committee in Parliament House on June 21.