LAHORE (Web desk) – The key suspect in the murder of a seven-year-old boy in Lahore’s Green Town area was killed during a foiled escape bid while being shifted to an anti-terrorism court (ATC) in the provincial capital city on Monday, local Tv channels reported.
Teenager Shoaib was the prime suspect in the murder of the seven-year-old boy whose body was found hanged at a mosque on Jan 2, a day after he he was kidnapped near his house in Lahore’s Green Town.
Earlier, police had taken a number of suspects in custody before carrying out a thorough investigation that included DNA and polygraph tests.
The murder mystery was apparently solved after the DNA report of 17-year-old Shoaib, had confirmed him as the convict.
Shoaib was being transported to an ATC in Lahore today when he allegedly made an escape bid after snatching the rifle of a police guard escorting him when the vehicle he was travelling in neared Muslim Town underpass, police sources claimed.
Sources further said that the prime suspect was killed in an ensuing encounter.
Initially, the prayer leader of the mosque, where the body of the 7-year-old boy was found, had `confessed’ to the gruesome crime but police later claimed the prayer leader had only sexually assaulted the boy two days before he was found murdered. Police claimed to have resolved the mystery through DNA testing.
Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Amin Wains had claimed during a press conference that Shoaib, a hairdresser in Behari colony, had confessed to his crime during investigation.