Iqbal Park case: TikToker woman identifies six suspects
LAHORE: The victim TikToker woman, Ayesha Akram on Wednesday identified six suspects out of 155 during identity parade in the Lahore Greater Iqbal Park case.
The identification parade took place at camp jail in Lahore. The identification of the accused was completed in presence of a female judge, while the camp superintendent was also present on this occasion, jail sources said.
Families of the people arrested in the case staged a protest demonstration outside the jail during the identity parade.
The protesters said that their children were forcibly involved in the case, while they had nothing to do with the incident. They blocked traffic on Ferozepur Road. Many protesters were detained after altercation with police.
Earlier, an identity parade of the arrested suspects could not be held at the camp jail on August 28 as the victim, Ayesha Akram, had excused from coming to the jail due to ill health.
A request was made by the investigating officer to the Judicial Magistrate to fix a date for the identification parade, which was granted by the court. The victim will identify the suspects in presence of the magistrate in the camp jail.
The court had directed to send 40 suspects on August 21, 30 on August 22, 20 on August 23 and 14 on August 24 for identity parade to prison. The court had granted interim bail to two suspects.
On Aug 23, Assistant to Prime Minister on Political Communication Dr Shahbaz Gill had confirmed that 126 suspects were arrested including 34 belonging to the South Punjab in the woman molestation incident that took place at Greater Iqbal Park near Minar e Pakistan on the Independence Day. Police had said the arrested suspects were identified through face matching and geofencing.
On August 20, the Punjab government had decided to take action against the police officials posted at Greater Iqbal Park for their negligence which led to molestation of the TikToker woman.
Punjab government spokesperson Fayyaz ul Hassan Chohan had said Chief Minister Usman Buzdar had directed to take action against the negligent police officers and personnel. DIG Operations Lahore, SSP Operations Lahore and the concerned SP and SHO had been suspended, while 20 culprits involved in the incident had been arrested so far, he had said.
The victim was identified as Aisha daughter of Muahmmed Akram, resident of Shahdra area in Lahore. A case was filed at Lorry Adda police station. The woman had nominated 300-400 unidentified persons in the FIR and said that her mobile phone worth Rs25,000, Rs15,000 cash money and one tola gold jewellery worth 0.1 million rupees were also snatched during the incident.