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Dubai: Police have arrested three suspects, including a close relative, in the alleged rape and murder of the minor girl whose body was found in a forest in Islamabad

According to police, the man arrested is a close relative of the 10-year-old Farista Mohmand, reports Geo Tv.

Police did not give more details regarding the case, and said that they have widened the circle of their investigation.

Police officers suspended

A case has also been registered against the station house officer (SHO) of Shahzad Town in Islamabd and other policemen for negligence.

According to the FIR registered, the girl’s family visited the police station for the registration of the FIR and to find the missing girl.

However, the SHO, instead of looking for the girl, alleged she had run away with someone.

Action will be taken against the SHO and other officials involved for criminal negligence, the FIR added. He has been suspended, AP reported on May 22. 

Farishta’s body was found in a forest two days ago and later shifted to hospital for an autopsy. Her family, which belongs to Mohmand Agency in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, said they had tried to file a missing person report with the police on May 15 after she had left her home in the evening.

The family, however, claimed it took police till May 19 to register a first information report (FIR) and, even after that, a proper search was not initiated. The girl's body was later discovered by locals who subsequently informed the police.

To highlight the police's negligence in the case, the victim's family protested alongside her body at Taramari Chowk in Islamabad.

On Tuesday, three suspects were taken into custody, police said, adding that they hailed from Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, Waqaruddin Syed, the deputy inspector-general (DIG) of operations, suspended the SHO and directed Umar Khan, the superintendent of police (SP), to file a report.