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Pak anti-terror court indicts man for rape, murders of 8 girls

Press Trust of India  |  Lahore 

A Pakistani anti-terrorism court today indicted an alleged who is accused of abducting, raping and murdering eight minor girls in province, including seven-year-old

The ATC charged Imran Ali, 23, in the high profile rape and murder case of apart from seven other girls.

A total of 36 witnesses testified against him yesterday and today at the court of in

Since it is a high profile case, the trial is being held in the jail keeping in view security issues.

was found raped and murdered early last month in Kasur, some 50 kms from Lahore, a that shook the nation.

She was kidnapped on January 5 while going for Quran class. Her body was recovered on January 9 from a heap of garbage in the city. The police had arrested the suspect with the help of a DNA test.

After her alleged murderer was caught, it emerged that he was also the killer of seven other girls in Kasur.

Police have built their case on DNA match in all eight cases. The High Court has ordered the ATC to conclude the trial as early as possible.

As the prosecution handed over charge-sheet to Ali, he pleaded not guilty and opted to contest the trial.

Like yesterday, nearly 10-hour proceedings were held in which the recorded statements of 16 prosecution witnesses. The court is conducting the trial on a day-to-day basis to conclude the trial at the earliest.

The prosecution had requested the court to hold the trial in jail due to security reasons.

told the trial court that the various evidences had been collected including CCTV footage, DNA test and polygraph test.

Mehar Shakeel Multani appeared on behalf of the accused. The would present defence witnesses after the testimony of the prosecution's witnesses.

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First Published: Tue, February 13 2018. 20:10 IST