Efforts underway to cover up Sui rape case
* PPL, DSG allegedly offering rape victim money, job to son if she withdraws her complaint
By Malik Siraj Akbar
Police in Sui have made no breakthrough four days after the alleged gang rape of a Baloch widow by the personnel of the Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL) and the Defence Security Guards (DSG) as senior officials from the two companies are trying to muzzle the woman by offering her bribe, sources said on Tuesday.
They said the four men accused of raping the woman from Dera Bugti had already been helped in escaping to Karachi. The sources said the PPL and DSG officials were allegedly offering the woman Rs 500,000 and a job to one of her sons if she withdraws the case. Police have also backtracked from the statement they had made before the media on Sunday that the woman had lodged a complaint of gang rape against the four men.
A police officer told Daily Times earlier that a police team had been formed to arrest the culprits soon after an FIR was lodged by the 40-year old widow, who alleged that the accused had stormed into her house, damaged several household items and raped her. But police were denied entry into the PPL Labour Colony by the DSG personnel, the police officer said on condition of anonymity.
Sui Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Akhtar Buzdar said that no rape case had been registered, adding that the media was acting ‘irresponsibly’ to defame a respected tribal woman. He said the woman had come to the police station to complain about employees of the two companies who had stormed into her house and wanted her to vacate the official residence she was occupying. The woman had nominated PPL Chief Security Officer Colonel (r) Farooq Pasha, Admin Officer Jamshid Chawola, Malik Sagheer Ahmed and Shera from the DSG in the FIR.
Police had said on Sunday that they had registered a case of gang rape. Nawabzada Talal Akbar Bugti, the chief of Jamhoori Watan Party (JWP), has demanded President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to intervene in the matter. “It is not the first time that DSG recruits have indulged in immoral activities on our land. We want the government to withdraw the DSG from Dera Bugti,” he told Daily Times.