Islamabad: Rape accused arrested after IHC rejects bail
ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad Police Thursday arrested a rape accused, Rafaqat Mehmood, after Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) rejected his pre–arrest bail application.
The accused had escaped arrest after an additional sessions judge (ASJ) of Islamabad had rejected his bail on July 12.
The man is allegedly involved in the rape of two juvenile sisters along with his real brother and another accomplice.
On July 12, Rafaqat Mehmood moved the court of an additional sessions judge for pre–arrest bail. The judge rejected his plea and he escaped from the court.
This time around, police apprehended him after the IHC judge rejected his bail. As per police investigation, Rafaqat Mehmood, along with his brother Shaukat Mehmood and taxi driver Abuzar Ghaffari abducted the two girls from their house in Saidpur village of Islamabad when their parents were at the Polyclinic for treatment.
According to police reports, the accused abducted the girls when they were alone in their house on April 9, 2013. The accused initially took the girls to a guesthouse in Sector F-7/4 of Islamabad where the three raped them and then they took them to Rawalpindi and kept them in a hotel for a couple of days. The Islamabad Police apprehended the accused at Faizabad checkpost when the girls told police officials about their detention and rape. The Islamabad Police produced the girls before a district magistrate where they recorded their statements and the magistrate then sent them to Darul Aman. The girls were later handed over to their parents. While intercepting the accused at Faizabad checkpost, police had arrested Shaukat and taxi driver Abuzar Ghaffari while Rafaqat escaped from the scene.
In his bail plea on Thursday, Rafaqat, through his counsel Mushtaq Hussain, adopted before the court that there was no direct evidence against him connecting him with the crime and police arrested him on mere suspicion. The counsel prayed to the court to grant bail to his client.
A deputy attorney general (DAG), Tariq Mehmood Jahangiri, on the other hand, opposed the bail and told the court that the victim girls had recorded their statements against Rafaqat which was sufficient to establish the crime. According to him, the statements of victims were more than enough in the rape case because it was very difficult for the victims of rape to produce witnesses to verify the allegations. The court, after hearing arguments from both sides, rejected the bail plea.