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Prime accused in Asma Rani’s case had planned escape: DPO Kohat

Asma murder case
Haq nawaz shinwari
PESHAWAR
The police on Sunday said that the prime suspect in the Asma Rani murder case had already been nominated for the murder of another person six months ago and he has been remanded in police custody for 10 days.
Kohat District Police Officer (DPO) Abbas Majeed Marwat said this while addressing a press conference at Malik Saad Shaheed Police Lines along with other officials.
“We had issued red warrants against the accused to 152 countries telling them he was an absconder and we resolved the case in a total of 42 days,” the official said.
Abbas Majeed Marwart said that the prime suspect in the murder of Asma Rani, a third year medical student, was taken into custody by the Kohat police after Interpol officials handed him over to the personnel of Federal Investigation Agency at the Islamabad airport on Saturday night.
The DPO Kohat said that the suspect had made prior arrangements for his escape before attacking Rani. He said police had arrested a friend of the suspect who helped in recovering a pistol and a motorcycle apparently used in the crime. He said the suspect would be sent to the lock-up of the KDA police station.
The DPO said the accused kept changing his address in Dubai after short intervals, he said. He said the police was not pressured by anyone in the case.
The DPO, however, did not reply a question in connection with a patch up between the families of the victim and accused.
Earlier in the day, the suspect was brought to Kohat under strict security and produced before a court, where the judge handed him to the police on a 10-day judicial remand. The police had already submitted a challan of the case before the court.
He said Inspector General of Police (IGP) Salahuddin Mahsud personally made efforts in the case to provide justice to the family of the slain student by arresting the prime accused from abroad.
The DPO said that the alleged killer, Mujahidullah Afridi, was arrested by the UAE authorities on Thursday. After due process, he was flown via Pakistan International Airlines flight No PK-0212 to Islamabad.
“We dispatched a team that took Mujahidullah Afridi into custody at the Benazir International Airport in Islamabad Saturday evening. The police managed his arrest from UAE with the support of the Federal Investigation Agency, Interpol and UAE authorities,” he added.
Mujahidullah and his brother Sadiqullah, who is also an accused in the case, had reportedly opened fire on Asma who was visiting her family in Kohat during a session break. The victim received three bullets. She was rushed to a nearby hospital where she died during treatment. Recording her statement to Investigation Officer Javed Khan just a few moments before her death, Asma had identified Mujahidullah as the assailant.



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