SIALKOT-A magistrate remanded in police custody the five main accused in a case of gang sodomy and physical torture of some transgenders for four days.

The Sialkot Saddar police had produced five main accused namely Ejaz alias Jajja Butt, Ansar alias Phool, Ajab Gull Khan, Asad Khan and Adeel Ghuman before the court of Ismail Tasneem amid tight security. Police had sought the physical remand of the accused.

On Monday, the police had arrested the five main accused out of total 20 accused for criminally molesting, gang raping and looting hundreds of the thousands of rupees in cash from them.

Meanwhile, a large number of the transgenders from the Punjab gathered in Sialkot and staged a demonstration against the incident. They also staged sit-in besides beating their chests and seeking justice.

The protesters also demanded security of their life, alleging that the companions of the arrested accused were threatening the victims with dire consequences. They also sought justice and stern legal action against the accused, saying that the arrested persons were influential politically.

The victims said, “This is the height of shamelessness! “They hit us with shoes, spat on our faces and made us drink their urine. We have no rights in this country. Do we not deserve protection?”

On the other hand, additional IG Punjab/RPO Gujranwala Region Muhammad Tahir has pledged early justice to the victims.

On Monday, police had registered a case against 20 accused for sodomising the transgenders and forcing them to drink their urine, burning their body parts with cigarettes, brutally torturing them physically with belts after making them forcibly naked.

The accused also filmed these scenes and uploaded on social media, which went viral on social media. The accused also looted hundreds of the thousands of rupees in cash from the victims at gunpoint and fled away from the spot.

The police registered the case (No 761/2016) on the report of victim Riaz alias Azmu under sections 292, 355, 377, 386 and 392 PPC.

The accused Ejaz alias Jajja Butt, Ansar alias Phool, Ajab Gull Khan, Asad Khan and Adeel Ghuman had stormed into the Dera of the petitioner located at village Pakki Kotli along the main Sialkot-Daska Road on November 10, 2016.

The accused snatched Rs50,000 in cash from victim eunuch Nadeem alias Sapna, Rs20,000 from Aamir alias Chiriya, Rs30,000 from Mustafa alias Maachhi, Rs50,000 from Riaz alias Azmu and thousands of rupees from some other eunuchs.

The FIR revealed that the accused used to forcibly collect the big amounts from the said eunuchs as extortion money. Riaz alias Azmu further said that the two other accused Fiaz Mughal and Aftab Butt had also molested another eunuch Tassawar alias Adeeba while accused Kaka raped eunuch Bilal alias Nitasha.