LAHORE - An anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Wednesday handed the accused of killing four children of Chunian to the police on 15-day physical remand.

ATC Judge Abdul Qayyum Khan conducted the proceedings, wherein the accused, Sohail Shahzad, was produced amid strict security.

The court ordered for removing a cover from face of the accused and inquired about his identity. The accused stated that he was Sohail Shahzad and requested that he should not be tortured.

A prosecutor argued before the court that the accused was involved in rape and murder of four children and he was arrested after his DNA matched the samples collected from the body of a child, Faizan.

He pleaded with the court for handing over the accused on physical remand for further investigations in the case. The court was told that the remand of the accused would be sought in other three cases after DNA test report availability.

Lawmen get 15 days remand

At this, the court handed over the accused to the police on 15-day physical remand and directed for producing him again on expiry of the remand term.

The Punjab police and other law-enforcement agencies arrested the accused, Sohail Shahzad, 27, on Oct 1, after his DNA matched the samples collected from the bodies of the children found killed in Chunian. Shahzad had been arrested on the charges of kidnapping, raping and killing Imran, 12, Salman, 9, Ali Hasnain and Faizan, both 8.

The Tarkhani police claimed to have arrested a man on murder charges. The police had received information late night that body of a minor boy was spotted in fields near chak 228-GB. The police launched investigation as the deceased was identified as 8-year-old Saad Mustafa,resident of chak 228-GB,who was killed after unnatural offence.