LAHORE - Police in Lahore yesterday confirmed the arrest of a 30-year-old man in connection with the horrific killing of a schoolboy whose dismembered body was found from canal on Tuesday.

Investigators identified the murder suspect as Jameel alias Jeela. The young man has confessed to killing the fifteen-year-old boy Muhammad Ijaz, police said.

Ijaz’s dismembered and decapitated body was found from the BRB canal. The boy’s hands, legs, and head were cut off before his body was packed in a sack. The body was discovered from the canal in Batapur area two days after the boy went missing under mysterious circumstances from Shalimar.

The motives behind the gruesome killing were not clear yet. The suspect told the investigators that he wanted to kill the mother of the boy over some relationship dispute but he killed her son in revenge.

The victim’s mother Shafqat Bibi had contracted first marriage with Yasin, bother of the killer, some 20-yaers ago. Later, Yasin committed suicide over some domestic dispute. The lady then contracted second marriage with Mr Yaqoob, the father of the boy. So, the alleged killer believes that he murdered the son of Shafqat Bibi to avenge the suicide of his brother.

Police officer Ali Raza told reporters at a news conference that they arrested the suspect when he tried to flee a police raid. “During initial interrogation, the (murder) suspect confessed to the killing stating that he cut the body into pieces with an axe,” Raza, SP Civil Lines (investigation) said.

 “It was a blind murder case and we have solved this case successfully within days,” the officer said.

While sharing details of the shocking confession, the officer said that Jeela took the boy to his house in Rampura, a village in Batapur, where he had served him food. According to the alleged the killer, he took the boy into confidence and then took him to his house since they were friends and relatives.

After serving food to the victim, Jeela strangled him with a cable. “Then he tied Ijaz’s feet and hands with a rope. Later, the man chopped off the body, packed it in a sack, and fled after throwing the bag into the canal,” police official Ali Raza said.

The police had also recovered a schoolbag and shoes of the victim from the sack. The schoolbag helped police ascertain the identity of the boy. The victim was buried at a local graveyard on Wednesday amid tears and screaming.

Earlier, the Shalimar police had filed an abduction case against unidentified men on the complaint of Muhammad Yaqoob, father of the boy. The resident of Ibrahim Colony, Yaqoob, told the police that his son was kidnapped by unknown men. Further investigations were underway.

53 gangs smashed in October

City police smashed 53 gangs of criminals by arresting their 133 members during the month of October, a police spokesman said yesterday.

Police also recovered cash and valuables worth Rs10 million from their possession. During the same period, the police also arrested 784 proclaimed offenders and court absconders.

According to officials, DIG (Operations) Dr Haider Ashraf had directed the field police officers to step up crackdown against the criminals involved in street crimes. The divisional police officers constituted special teams for this purpose in their respective areas.

Police also registered 290 cases against as many suspects and recovered two Kalashnikovs, 8 rifles, 18 guns, 320 revolvers and pistols, three carbines, 6 daggers and 2283 bullets from their possession.

During the campaign against drug dealers, at least 528 cases were registered and 593 accused persons were arrested. The police also recovered 8-kg heroine, 23-kg Charas, 1.25-kg opium, and 3175 bottles of liquor from them. Moreover, 106 cases were registered against gamblers and 410 accused were arrested.