Mashal Khan’s shooter arrested: DIG Mardan

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Mashal Khan

MARDAN: The key accused has been arrested who shoot Mashal Khan during the Abdul Wali Khan University, Mardan lynching over blasphemy accusations, DIG Mardan Alam Khan Shinwari on Thursday.
Addressing a news conference in Mardan, DIG Shinwari said that the police is dealing the case on merit and assured to take all accused to justice. He said that Mashal Khan’s class fellow Imran shoot Mashal thrice.
The DIG said that all footages of the lynching incident has been obtained. He said that so far 41 accused had been arrested for alleged involvement in Mashal Khan murder.
DIG Mardan Alam Khan Shinwari revealed that the shooter who has been identified as Imran was caught on information based on confessions of other accused in the case.
The culprit has confessed to the crime in front of the magistrate, he said.
DIG Mardan said that according to the statements by the under-custody suspects, Imran had opened fire on Mashal.
Imran was a class fellow of the deceased, said DIG Mardan, adding that Mashal was shot at two times and that investigation based on CCTV footages and other evidence is under way. “Some things we will share with media later,” said DIG Mardan.
Shinwari said that all the investigation has been evidence-based and use of technology has been utilised to catch the culprit.
Describing what transpired on the day Mashal was lynched, he said that police on being informed about the situation reached the spot in 15 minutes.
He said the police saved lives of two people after reaching, adding that a professors’ life was also in danger.
So far, 36 people have been arrested in the case, out of which nine were employees of Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan.
Earlier on April 23, an employee of the AWKUM, wanted for inciting the mob to murder Mashal Khan over unfounded blasphemy allegations was arrested.
Mashal Khan, who was a student of journalism at AWKUM, was lynched by an enraged mob on the university premises on April 13. The mob killed the student over charges of blasphemy.

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