LAHORE - The mutilated body of another young boy was discovered from Lahore’s Batapur area yesterday, a day before the country’s top court is set to hear the case of large-scale abductions of children in Punjab.

Police were yet to ascertain the identity of the victim found murdered near Kherra Bridge yesterday. The body was moved to the morgue for autopsy. The brutal killing surfaced just two weeks after a 10-year-old boy was discovered dead from a drain in Lahore’s Badami Bagh neighbourhood.

The 18-year-old youth was lying dead alongside the canal as investigators reached the spot early yesterday. Some passersby spotted the blood-soaked body and called the police.

Police officials say they believe the youth was stabbed and brutally tortured to death by more than two persons. Apparently, it seemed the youth was murdered somewhere else but the killers fled after throwing his body alongside the canal in the suburb of Lahore.

Ebadat Nisar, a senior police officer told The Nation that the victim was an adult and not a child. “This is a murder case and the police are investigating the incident. The victim was brutally tortured and stabbed (by unidentified killers),” said Nisar, SP Cantonment police division.

A murder case was filed with the Batapur police against unidentified killers. The police launched investigations to unearth the killers. However, no arrest was made till late Wednesday night.

The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday took notice of the large-scale abductions of children in Punjab and ordered the provincial police officer to submit details of all such incidents. The Punjab police chief is expected to personally appear before the top court today.

A recent study conducted by the Punjab police identifies domestic violence and poverty as major factors behind runaway cases. According to police, at least 44 percent missing/kidnapped children are from the age group of 11 to 15 while 34 percent of them are from the age group of six to 10. In more than 93 percent cases the children were recovered. Similarly, 66 per cent victims were male while 34pc female children were victims of such incidents.

The police report further revealed that out of 681 missing children at least 640 kids were recovered since January. Only, there are 40 cases under investigation while 41 children have not been recovered so far, according to official data.

Man drinks acid

A 35-year-old man ended his life by drinking acid at his house in Bhati Gate police precincts yesterday.

Police identified the man as Muhammad Irfan, a resident of Mohalla Aurangzaib.

The family told the police that Irfan drank acid late Tuesday night over some domestic dispute.

He was rushed to the Mayo Hospital where he expired early Wednesday. The police yesterday handed over the body to the family after fulfilling legal formalities.


 At least five persons sustained burns after an electric transformer exploded at a busy crossing in Darogawala in Baghbanpura. An eyewitness told the police that the transformer exploded with a bang and caused panic in the area.

Rescue workers shifted five injured to a nearby hospital. The condition of the burn victims was said to be stable late yesterday. Authorities were investigating the incident.