47 kidnappings in Pindi in 3 months
RAWALPINDI: Rawalpindi reported 47 kidnapping cases in the current year’s first three months but by and large, the police failed to trace kidnapped persons and the kidnappers.
The police figures obtained by Daily Times show that 25 people were kidnapped in January. One of them was kidnapped for ransom. Two cases were later withdrawn. The police could arrest only three of 61 nominated kidnappers in 23 cases.
February and March reported 12 and 10 kidnapping cases respectively but the police could trace kidnappers in seven cases only.
A police official, who wanted not to be named, said in most of the cases, women were kidnapped. He said women kidnappings were on the rise. He said most of the cases reported by parents were elopement cases.
The official said it was witnessed in such cases that men and women got married against their presents’ will, therefore, the latter reported the matter to the police as kidnapping. However, when the couples were traced and produced before the court, both the parties preferred out-of-the-court settlement.
A resident, Muhammad Afzal, said his brother Haji Aslam and cousin Khalid Mehmood had gone missing in the second week of March but the police had yet to know their whereabouts. He said he had visited every place where the missing persons could have been but to no avail. He said the police usually chose not to pursue kidnapping case until kidnappers demanded ransom.
Shehnaz said her daughter was kidnapped from the district courts on March 13 but the police had yet to trace her or the alleged kidnapper. She said policemen told her that her daughter had eloped with the alleged kidnapper notwithstanding assertion that she had been kidnapped.