Two Rescue 1122 workers have been suspended over their alleged involvement in the suspected sexual assault of a Sikh teenage girl at Nankana Sahib on October 27, a district emergency officer said on Monday.
The officer, Akram Panwaar, said that a high-level committee has also been created to investigate the incident and once the crime was proven, strong departmental action would be taken against the rescue officials.
Earlier, sources in Rescue 1122 headquarters in Lahore had denied the allegations, claiming that according to the medical report, the girl was not raped.
According to the medico-legal examination report, no tears, bruises or laceration were found in the examination of the victims body.
He added that the suspects would be kept in custody on physical remand for further investigation.
According to the first information report (FIR) registered with the City Nankana Sahib police by the victim’s family, the 15-year-old girl, who was also mentally challenged, went missing on Sunday.
The family looked for her everywhere but found no trace.
At around 1:30am, the family members of the girl found a Rescue 1122 ambulance parked by the roadside for long time which looked suspicious. When probed further, the found both the suspects committing the crime with their daughter.
The FIR added that when the victim’s family made noise, the suspects drove the ambulance away, threw the victim near a sugar mill on Nankana Road and escaped.
A spokesperson for the district police on Monday said that the suspects had been arrested after a case was registered against them in the City police station.
The spokesperson added that an investigation was being launched on the complaints of the Sikh community.
He added that all requirements to bring justice will be undertaken.
Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari also took notice of the incident on Sunday, saying: “Abuse of vulnerable citizens will not be tolerated. Was forwarded a case of abuse of a differently-abled Sikh girl in Nankana Sahib. FIR has been registered and the SHO informed us they have arrested two persons in the case”.