LAHORE - Police have detained five persons in connection with the honour killing of a 25-year-old woman who was beaten to death by her family outside the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday.

Police sources claimed that five accused including Muhammad Atta, Nasir, Alam Sher, Jahangir Ahmed and Muhammad Azeem were arrested while police were conducting raids to capture others nominated in the murder case.

An officer said that the police raided the houses of the accused persons in Syedwala and arrested her five relatives on early Friday. They would be produced before a local anti-terrorism court on Saturday. The police had registered an FIR under section (302, 148/149 PPC and 7ATA) against the relatives of the deceased on the complaint of her husband, Muhammad Iqbal. The autopsy report revealed that one serious head injury was the cause of death.

Officials said that Lahore CCPO Chaudhry Shafique Ahmed presented initial investigation report to the provincial police chief Khan Baig on Friday. As per police report, the police were informed about the incident by a passerby Nadeem at 07:45am. Senior police officers concerned including the SP and DSP rushed to the spot. But unfortunately, the woman had died before the police reached the crime scene.

Police also claimed in the initial investigation report that the crime scene was not in front of the Lahore High Court building. The incident took place at Fane Road, several hundred feet away from the LHC where there was no police deployment. Hence, the complainant’s claim that his wife was murdered before the policemen which is totally absurd and unfounded, according to a police spokesman.

Meanwhile, the Punjab government constituted a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to probe into the killing of Farzana Bibi. The pregnant woman was present at the LHC to record a statement in favour of her husband, accused of kidnapping her and forcing her into marriage, when she was attacked by her brothers and other family members. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had taken notice of the murder and directed the Punjab government to take strict against the culprits.  The incident sparked international condemnation, and pressed on thorough investigations.

Reportedly, Muhammad Iqbal had murdered his first wife and then contracted second marriage with the deceased. He was arrested for the murder of his wife but he was soon released as he had paid blood money to his son, who was complainant in the murder case of his mother. The relatives of the deceased told the police that she had contracted second marriage with Iqbal without getting divorce from her first husband.

Lahore CCPO Chaudhry Shafique Ahmed has also constituted two different investigation teams under the supervision of DIG Investigation Zulfiqar Hameed, comprising SP Civil Lines (investigation) and SP CIA Muhammad Omar Virk to probe into the murder.