KASUR, Jan 11 (SABAH): An air of gloom, mixed with rage, hovers over Kasur on the second consecutive day on Thursday, following the brutal discovery of the rape and murder of seven-year-old Zainab.
The minor girl, a resident of Road Kot area of Kasur, had gone missing on January 4 when she ventured out of the house. Her body was found in a garbage pile near Kashmir Chowk five days later.
As protests re-erupted in the city on Thursday, the house of local provincial lawmaker Naeem Safdar was ransacked. Police resorted to tear gas shelling and use of water cannon to disperse protesters but failed to do so. Police also failed to stop the protesters from ransacking the local government hospital.
Residents are still protesting across the city, including Kali Pul Chowk, whereas the Ferozepur Road, linking Kasur to nearby towns and cities, remains blocked. Moreover, protests against the incident are being taken out across the country, from Peshawar to Karachi.
Markets in Kasur also remained closed in protest against the incident on Thursday. Similarly, sporadic demonstrations were held outside the District Headquarters Hospital where protesters ransacked the premises, which was left devoid of equipment as well as security and medical staff.
The Punjab Bar Council had also announced a complete boycott of courts on Thursday and demanded the immediate arrest of the killer(s).
Meanwhile the funeral of the two protesters allegedly killed by the police firing, Shoaib and Mohammad Ali, was held in the city’s college ground.
The funeral prayers, attended by a large number of locals, traders and political leaders, were read by Tehreek-e-Labbaik Ya Rasoolullah chief Khadim Hussain Rizvi.
Two policemen and as many civil defence officials have been held for firing on protesters while murder charges have been included in two FIRs registered against 16 unidentified policemen on the complaints of the deceased’s brothers.