RAWALPINDI – The body of a three-year-old girl was found in a seasonal nullah near his house at Waheen Colony, the area of Police Station (PS) Ratta Amral, on Thursday.

On information of locals, police and rescuers rushed to the scene and moved the dead body to District Headquarter Hospital (DHQ). The girl was identified as Nadia Bibi daughter of Khalid Mehmood, resident of Waheed Colony. The father of the girl alleged that unknown person killed her daughter and thrown the dead body into the nullah. The deceased had been missing since Wednesday.

The external postmortem found no mark of wound or torture on the body of girl and it seemed she died of drowning, said Sub Inspector (SI) Munawar Khan, who is interrogating the matter and brought the dead body to District Headquarter Hospital (DHQ) while talking to this scribe.

Police were waiting for the father of the girl, who would finally decide whether doctors should conduct postmortem of the girl of not, said the SI. “The girl’s house is very near to the nullah. She might have fallen while playing and drowned. We are investigating all possible angles,” Munawar added.

However, a police source said that police were investigating the tragic death of baby girl from all angles to find the clue led to the death of the girl.

On Thursday, some locals found the dead body of girl in the nullah and informed police and rescuers, who moved it to hospital.

On the other hand, scores of deceased’s relatives and other local staged a protest demo at Waheed Colony against PML-N MNA Malik Shakeel Awan, MPA Sheryar Riaz for not taking action against the civic bodies for not opening the chocked nullah in which the girl drowned.

The protestors were holding placards mentioning words “MNA and MPA are the killers of three-year-old innocent Naida Bibi,” and chanting slogans against them. They also burnt tyres and blocked the road for traffic.

The said that nullahs in many residential localities including Waheed Colony were getting choked as garbage was being dumped in them. Many of these nullahs were becoming shallow because of the accumulating filth, such that sewage water tended to overflow. The decaying garbage also emanated foul smell. These Nullahs have become dangerous for little children, they said.

They alleged that the sanitary workers and civic bodies were not visiting the areas to clean the Nullah while MNA and MPA did not take action against them.

According to Khalid Mehmood, the ill-fated father and a balloon seller by profession said that he was having lunch on Wednesday at 3pm when his daughter Naida was standing in the main gate of his house.

He said that his daughter told him that Lala was standing outside. He said that after some minutes Naida went missing. When asked, Khalid told that Lala was his nephew and living in Habib Colony.

Khalid alleged that Naida was thrown into Nullah after killing by unknown person. However, he would not point his finger towards anyone till the postmortem report. Khalid has six children while Naida was the youngest in his family.

Meanwhile, MPA Sheryar Riaz visited DHQ Hospital and condoled the father and other family members of the young girl. He also announced to bear all the burial expenditure of the girl.

Till filing of this report, doctors were busy conducting postmortem of the girl.