Police seek call detail record of accused

Rawalpindi - The investigators probing the murder of female school teacher Maria Sadaqat, who was burnt alive a few days ago in Murree, have forwarded a request to information technology laboratory of Rawalpindi to obtain call detail record (CDR) of the three arrested accused to ascertain whether or not they were present on the crime scene at the time of incident, reliable sources disclosed to The Nation yesterday.

Murree police requested to obtain mobile data after the three accused Shaukat, Mian Arshad and Riffat Mehmood told the investigators that they were not present in the village at the time of murder of the girl, said sources.

A senior police officer, seeking anonymity, told The Nation that police have decided to verify the claims of the detainees through their mobile data. “We must have strong and undeniable evidence to give clean chit or hold guilty the accused in the murder case,” he said.

He said that the case is being interrogated from different angles to reach the fact.  On the other hand, neither did police show the official arrest of the two accused nor did produce them before the court for obtaining their physical remand. However, the third accused Riffat Mehmood has been given into physical custody to police by the court of area magistrate.

Meanwhile, more than 60 teachers staged a protest demonstration at GPO Chowk Murree in favour of Shaukat. The protest demonstration was led by Punjab Teachers Union (PTU) Murree chapter President Azhar Ali Shah. The protestors were holding placards and banners inscribed with slogans in favour of Shakuat.

Addressing the protestors, Azhar Ali Shah condemned registration of fake case against Shaukat and asked police to interrogate the allegations against him purely on merit.

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