LHC summons Lahore CCPO Umar Sheikh in motorway rape case


LAHORE (News10) – Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday has summoned Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Umar Sheikh in afternoon for his statement in a case pertaining to gang rape of a woman in front of her children on motorway near Gujjarpura.

During the hearing, LHC Chief Justice Qasim Khan has also sought notification regarding formation of committee for investigation into the motorway rape incident.

The CJ remarked it seems that Umar Sheikh is officer of ministers. Apology of provincial cabinet on CCPO statement regarding putting blame on the victim for the incident could have calmed the enraged people, he went on to say.

Earlier, a petition had been filed in the LHC to form a judicial commission in the case in which the Punjab government, Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar, Inspector General of Punjab Inam Ghani and Lahore CCPO Umar Sheikh were made parties.

The plaintiff took the stance that Punjab police had completely failed in providing protection to the people.

Crime ratio increased due to the negligence and non-professional behavior of the police, the petitioner said while requesting the court to form a judicial commission. 

Case background

On September 9, 2020, mother of two children was looted and raped at gunpoint on motorway near Gujjarpura area of the Punjab province.

Sana was reportedly travelling in a car along with her two children when some unknown accused overpowered her. After raping and robbing the victim of valuables and cash (1 lakh), the suspects escaped from the scene.

On receipt of the information, the police reached the spot and shifted the woman to a hospital. The police said the process to identify the accused through the Safe City cameras was underway.

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