Rawalpindi: Two traders recovered, Afghan kidnappers arrested
RAWALPINDI: The city police have busted a six-member gang of Afghan kidnappers and recovered two businessmen and three pistols from their custody, said City Police Officer (CPO) Saud Aziz while addressing a press conference at his office on Friday.
Aziz said the six-member gang, including two women, was most wanted on their list and was busted on Jan 13. He said the gang kidnapped two well-known businessmen, Shahid Mehmood and Shahbaz Bhatti of Islamabad Fruit Mandi, on November 29, 2007 from New Town police limits.
The kidnappers demanded a ransom of Rs50 million from the family members of the abducted businessmen for their safe release. The families agreed to pay the ransom but police asked them to delay the payment.
The CPO said the kidnappers brought the ransom down to Rs 30 million. In the meantime, police constituted a special team under the supervision of Crime Investigation Agency Deputy Superintendent of Police Rana Shahid. The team traced the kidnappers through their cell phone number and raided the place where the kidnappers had kept the two businessmen.
Aziz said that during preliminary investigation, the accused also confessed to kidnapping a doctor from Taxila for ransom and looting the passengers of a Daewoo bus a few months ago. Further investigations are underway.
The CPO condemned the availability of unlisted SIMs and said that cellular companies did not log people while issuing SIMs. He said most of the criminals were continuing criminal activities through the unlisted SIMs, giving a tough time to the investigating agencies.
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