A 22-year-old girl student was found dead at a hotel located on Lahore’s Mall Road under mysterious circumstances on Friday, police officials said.
Identified as Rabia Naseer, a resident of Batapur, the victim left her home for college early in the morning, but arrived at the hotel where CCTV footage showed her walking in while talking to someone on her cell phone.
“Rabia went to a washroom in hotel’s lobby after which a gunshot was heard and the duty staff found her body inside the washroom with a handgun lying close to it,” the officials said.
The hotel administration immediately ferried the girl to a hospital where doctors pronounced her dead on arrival, adding that the girl sustained a single shot to the side of her head that went out through the other side.
The police officials however informed Pakistan Today that the hotel management had shifted the girl to Services Hospital without informing the police. They said that they found a handgun magazine, a pack of cigarettes and some cash from the girl’s bag which also contained her identity card.
Earlier, the hotel management told the police that the girl had entered the hotel from the back gate of the lobby.
Initial investigations suggested the girl had committed suicide, but family members said there was no reason for Rabia, the only sister of four brothers, to commit suicide.
Meanwhile, Faisal, one of Rabia’s brothers, lodged an application with the Race Course Police Station for registration of an FIR against unknown murderers. The police officials on the other hand said they were investigating the incident from all angles.
Rabia was the captain of a female cricket team at a local college and was also getting trained as a cricket coach these days.