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Riots erupt in Pak over rape, murder of 8-yr-old girl Punjab

Press Trust of India  |  Lahore 

An eight-year-old girl was allegedly raped and murdered in Pakistan's province, triggering riots in which two people were killed in clashes with police.

According to CCTV footage, the girl in district was abducted last week outside her home. Her body was found in a rubbish dump yesterday, police said.

"Last night the girl's body was found from a heap of garbage in Saddar area of the city," (Kasur) Zulffiqar Hameed said, adding the body had been sent for autopsy.

"Initial autopsy report suggests that the girl was strangulated after rape," Hameed said.

The girl was staying with her relatives while her parents had gone to to perform Umrah, an Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, Hijaz, Saudi Arabia, performed by Muslims that can be undertaken at any time of the year.

The police has taken four suspects into custody.

"We are trying to identify the person who was seen taking the girl along in the footage," he said.

Riots erupted in over police inaction after reports of the alleged rape and of the girl began circulating on

The protesters pelted stone at the police station, offices of district police and district coordination in as the city observed a complete shutter down to protest against the brutal

Police resorted to 'direct' and aerial firing to disperse the protesters, said.

"Two persons who suffered serious bullet injuries during the protest succumbed to their injuries," a said.

The has sparked outrage across Well- known film and cricket stars demanded the killer be caught and the military offered support to the police.

(LHC) took notice of the murder and sought report from the government.

said he would personally monitor this case and would not rest till culprits brought to justice.

Ousted has directed his younger brother Shahbaz to immediately arrest the culprits and bring them to justice.

Ruling member Punjab Assembly Hina Butt submitted a privilege motion in the assembly, seeking justice for 11 other minor girls who were killed after rape in Kasur and adjoining areas during the last year.

has termed the brutal rape and murder of the girl as "shocking and a slap on the face of Sharifdom (Sharif brothers)".

Tehreek-i-Insaf Imran Khan, former military dictator Gen Pervez Musharraf, and other politicians condemned the incident and demanded immediate arrest of the culprits.

Test cricketers Shoaib Malik, and Wahab Riaz tweeted that it was unbelievable that this brutal incident took place in "Our thoughts are with the parents of the girl," they said and demanded immediate arrest of the culprits.

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First Published: Wed, January 10 2018. 21:06 IST