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Suspect who dug up girl’s grave, raped corpse killed by police

Police say accused identified by gravedigger in statement. (Source: AFP)

THATTA: A man allegedly involved in digging up and raping the body of a 14-year-old girl from a grave in Thatta district was killed by the police in an encounter today (Sunday).

According to details, the police detained Rafique Chandio on Saturday after a case was lodged against him by the father of the 14-year-old girl.

In the FIR, the girl’s father accused Rafique of committing the crime, claiming that the suspect allegedly had a ‘notorious’ background of selling moonshine liquor and molesting children.

The police traced the suspect and took him into custody within a few hours. According to the police, the suspect was “identified by the gravedigger in his statement” to the police while his ring – found on the scene – also tied him to the crime.

At around 1:30am on Sunday, a day after the arrest, Chandio was killed in an encounter in the jurisdiction of Gharo police station. Meanwhile, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah ordered the police to show no mercy to the culprits involved in crimes against women, children and minorities.

The case

The girl, who had died of fever and low blood pressure, was buried two days ago in Molvi Ashraf Chandio village, Mirpur Sakro taluka of Thatta district.

“When my brother and cousin went to the grave today, they saw the grave open, and the body missing,” the father had said. “Moments later some boys who had gone to work in the fields came back to the village shouting that they have seen a body in the bushes,” he added.

Ramzan had told the local media that they immediately informed the police, who shifted the body to the taluka hospital for medical examination. The medical report confirmed rape. The body was buried again after the completion of medico-legal formalities.