In the Lot Oveer honour killing case, police have arrested two brothers and a cousin of the girl who was murdered along with a young man for honour in May this year.
District Police Officer (DPO) Upper Chitral Zulfiqar Ahmed Tanoli confirmed the arrests to ChitralToday on phone from Booni.
The DPO said suspects were arrested on the basis of evidence.
These evidence include forensic examination of the gun used in the crime and text messages retrieved from mobile phones of deceased.
It was a blind murder case and police had to proceed on the basis of scientific evidence. The police arrested the suspects after collecting sufficient evidence, the DPO added.
Father names suspects
Sources said the slain man’s father has named the three persons as the suspected killers.
The three suspects are now in police custody. They shall be proceeded against in accordance with law. Police will now obtain their remand from court for further investigation.
The bodies of the 18-year-old girl and the 23-year-old man were found dumped in a wooded area of Nichagh village on May 19.
Sources said police had earlier rounded up scores of people in connection with the honour killing case. But they were let off due to lack of evidence and non-cooperation by the area people.
The sources said police had to rely on evidence because local people were trying to hush up the case. Even none of the close relatives of the girl and the man lodged a case of the double murder.
Moreover, some political figures were pressuring the police to withdraw the FIR lodged on behalf of the state.
The area people also tried to declare the killing of the two persons as suicide even though pictures of the bodies circulating on social media showed marks of tortures.
NCHR takes notice of honour killing
On July 8, the National Commission for Human Rights NCHR) took notice of a report published in ChitralToday and directed the Upper Chitral police to file a report on the Lot Oveer honour killing case.
However, the police have not filed a report with the commission so far.
ChitralToday has learnt that since 2015 this is the seventh murder case in Lot Oveer. Almost in all the cases, police failed to make progress to bring the perpetrators to justice.
The latest case is being investigated by the Booni police. This is because the police station of Lot Oveer lacks basic facilities.
The over 40 officials of the police station have to work and live in tents due to absence of its own building.