Kasur boys
Protests sparked in Kasur following reports of three boys who were raped and murdered and their decomposed bodies were found on Monday.. Image Credit: Social media

Dubai: Following reports of rape and murder of three children, all senior police officers in Kasur district where the heinous crime happened, have been removed.

Imran says that strict action would be taken against police officials who are responsible for negligence in Kasur incident.

“On the Kasur incident: There will be accountability for all. Those who do not perform in the interest of the common man will be taken to task. Following actions have so far been taken by the Punjab police and the provincial government,” Imran Khan tweeted on Wednesday after the report of murder after alleged rape made the headlines

He said District Police Officer (DPO) Kasur is being removed, Superintendent of Police (SP) Investigation Kasur has surrendered, charge sheeted and being proceeded against. He said that Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) and Station House Officer (SHO) who is in charge of the police station concerned have also been suspended.

Prime Minister Imran said major overhaul in Kasur local police is also on the cards and a formal probe is ordered under Additional Inspector General of police.

The incident happened in Kasur district located some 52km south of Lahore in Punjab province of Pakistan. The murders and rape of these children are an uneasy reminder of the horrific rape and murder of six-year-old girl Zainab Ansari case, which lead to widespread outrage and protests across the country. Zainab’s body was found in a trash heap in Kasur in January 2018.

The rape and murder of three minor children in Kasur has sparked protests across the city. Protesters have shut down shops and transport in some areas.

The trade association of the city and the local bar association had called for a strike after the decomposed bodies of the three children who were missing for weeks, were discovered by authorities yesterday.

Nine people have been arrested in relation to the case, the district police officer told the media on Wednesday.

The protesters also targeted a police station and pelted it with stones as anger over the incident spills over into different parts of the Chunian locality.

The remains of at least three of the four children who went missing from Kasur over the past 75 days were found, police said, confirming that all three were brutally raped before being buried underground.

According to the police, 12-year-old Imran of Rana Town had gone missing on June 1, eight-year-old Ali Hasnain and nine-year-old Salman in August, and eight-year-old Faizan on September 16.

Only Faizan’s complete body was recovered, whereas the bones of the remaining two were recovered from sand dunes in the Chunian Industrial Area.

Although only Faizan was identified since his complete body was recovered, the identities of the other two children would be confirmed once the results of the DNA test would be made available.

Twelve-year-old Imran of Rana Town was still missing.

In an earlier statement, the inspector-general of police (IGP) for Punjab, Arif Nawaz Khan, said there seemed to be similarities in the incidents of child abduction and murder.

Forensic teams have collected samples and evidence from the various crime sites. Earlier, Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar took notice of the incident and summoned a report in this regard.