Suspect, accomplices remanded into four-day police custody
The Rawalpindi police have recorded the statement of a couple harassed, raped, and assaulted by Autoland co-owner Usman Mirza.
The couple recorded their statements separately under Section 161 of the Criminal Code.
According to the police, they are to join the case on the assurance of full protection and legal assistance. A woman police officer was present there as well.
A police official told SAMAA TV that the men blackmailed the woman into giving them Rs1.3 million. The police have decided to add new sections relating to extortion and blackmailing in the case against the suspects.
In an attempt to arrest the absconding suspects, the police have decided to place their names and passports on the watch list.
On Friday, a sessions court in Islamabad handed over the suspects to the police on a four-day physical remand.
“The video of violence against a woman and a boy went viral on social media. Islamabad police immediately utilized all resources to arrest the accused Usman Mirza in a few hours, registered the FIR, and initiated legal action,” Islamabad police said on Twitter.
Mirza forced the woman to strip naked and shot her video two months ago, which he has been using to blackmail her since. The men used weapons to threaten the two people.
The arrested men were presented before a judicial magistrate. They have been handed over to the police on a two-day physical remand.
Farooq Butter, a senior policeman in Islamabad, told SAMAA TV that the video was at least eight to 10 months old.
Usman Mirza is the co-owner of Autoland in Islamabad, a showroom that deals with new and used cars, real estate, and rent-a-car.
His Facebook page says he studied computer science at Punjab College of Commerce in Islamabad.
The page is filled with short, slow-motion videos showing him walking with an ‘entourage’ of young men. In one post he says, “Come become my disciple and I’ll show you how to rule.” In other videos, he is seen with men carrying guns.
On May 27, he posted a video on Facebook saying that his cell phone might be turned off for a while as some people had booked him in a case. He expected that his bail would be cancelled and so he would not be reachable for fifteen to twenty days. It is unclear if this is related to his Wednesday arrest.