LAHORE - The police investigators are waiting for the DNA report to identify the prime suspect from several men detained in connection with the brutal assault on five-year-old girl.

“At least ten persons are detained and being questioned in connection with the case of,” a police officer told The Nation on Wednesday. The investigators are most likely to get the DNA report within next 72 hours, he added.  Police sources say they believe the prime suspect involved in the heinous crime is among the eight detained suspects.

Sources said that the police launched search operations and detained several suspected men after the victim had been identified. Most of those detained belonged to the same locality from where the girl disappeared.

The youngest of nine siblings was found outside Sir Ganga Ram Hospital on Friday night, a day after she went missing. The police investigators also went through the footage taken from CCTV cameras installed in different parts of the city but could not establish who carried out the brutal assault. Officials say the footage was not clear enough to identify the culprits.

On the other hand, Punjab Inspector General of Police (IGP) Khan Baig said on Wednesday evening that the police are investigating the rape case by using scientific methods.

Talking to reporters after inaugurating the first-ever ‘Centralised Driving System’ at the office of Chief Traffic Officer he hoped that culprits would be arrested very soon. “We are moving scientifically. There is no ambiguity in the police investigations,” the provincial police chief said, but did not give further details.

Responding to a question, the IGP said that the police would launch operations even in the educational institutions against the militants and suspected terrorists provided they are given credible intelligence or concrete information. “Wherever we will get credible information about the suspected militant, we will begin crackdown,” Khan Baig said.

New traffic system: Earlier while addressing the inaugural ceremony of the first-ever Centralized Driving System, the IGP said that the Punjab police are being equipped with modern technology and the centralised driving system, which has been made operational, would facilitate the citizens besides saving their precious time from unnecessary official procedures. CCPO Lahore Chaudhry Shafique Ahmed, DIG (Investigation) Zulifqar Hameed and CTO Lahore Sohail Chaudhry were also present on this occasion.

CTO Lahore informed the IGP that six driving booths are working in the DHA, Arfa Karim Technology Park, Liberty Market, Thokar Niaz Baig, and North Cantonment besides another one at CTO Office. All driving booths are interconnected with main system at the CTO. The applicants now can get their duplicate licenses, renewal licenses, and learner permits from the nearby booths in their residential locality rather than visiting the CTO. These driving booths are empowered to conduct driving tests of the applicants as well. The driving booths are working like one-window operation where all the issues of the applicants are being resolved.

On this occasion, IGP Punjab said that the new system would be expanded to all over the Punjab in a phased programme and during the first phase the system would be introduced in five big cities of the province. The IGP directed the authorities to devise a strategy in this regard so that the citizens could be given best services through modern technology.