Rawalpindi: Two businessmen recovered after 45 days
RAWALPINDI: The Crime Investigation Agency (CIA) has recovered two kidnapped businessmen and arrested six kidnappers including two women, said police on Monday. They said Shahbaz Bhatti and Shahid Mehmood, both well known businessmen, were kidnapped on November 30, 2007 from the New Town police station limits and a case was registered with the police.
They said the kidnappers, belonging to Afghanistan and in a land cruiser bearing a police number plate, impersonated police and forced the businessmen to board their vehicle saying they were terrorist suspects, they added. The kidnappers had demanded Rs 30 million in ransom from the families of the victims, sources said adding that the kidnappers finally agreed to Rs 20 million for their safe release. Sources told Daily Times that City Police Officer (CPO) Saud Aziz had directed Deputy Superintendent of Police (CIA) Rana Shahid on January 9 to constitute a special team of the CIA to recover the kidnapped men. Sources said the kidnappers had been traced through their mobile phone serial numbers.
The mobile detection system (MDS) installed in the CIA building Raja Bazaar, detected the kidnappers living in a street opposite to the Carriage Factory. On January 12, the CIA team raided the place, recovered the kidnapped men after 45 days and arrested the kidnappers along with their weapons and a car, they added. They victims were locked in a dark room and were recovered unharmed. They said the kidnappers had been sent to the New Town police station lockup and would soon be presented before the court for trial.
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