Lahore: Police arrest would-be kidnappers
LAHORE: Sandha police claimed on Monday to have arrested a proclaimed offender and his two accomplices accused for receiving Rs 500,000 ransom from a cloth merchant after threatening to kidnap and kill his children.
The trader, Shabbir Ahmed, had complained to Senior Superintendent of Police (Operations) Aftab Ahmed Cheema that unidentified men had been threatening him. The SSP ordered Iqbal Town SP Rana Mansoorul Haq to trace the culprits and arrest them.
A team led by the Sandha station house officer (SHO) traced the men through their telephone numbers and asked the Ahmed to invite the accused at a planned place telling them where he would ‘pay them the ransom’.
As the culprits reached the spot to receive the money, the police, who were already present in plainclothes, tried to arrest them. The police said that the culprits opened fire on them and the police retaliated. After a lot of struggle, the police managed to nab the culprits and seized illegal weapons from them.
The accused, identified as Amir Iqbal, Azhar and Shahbaz, had also shot at Ahmed’s car and house some time ago.
They told the police during initial interrogation that they had called Ahmed from various numbers and had used public call offices (PCOs) for the purpose. Shabbir had stopped his children from school after the threats and was living at a relative’s house. His daughter is in trauma and has been in hospital for a week.
The SSP announced cash and certificates for the raiding team.
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