Lahore: New kidnappers’ gang emerges in city
LAHORE: A new gang of kidnappers has emerged in the city last month, police sources told Daily Times on Tuesday. The sources said that the gang kidnapped people and demanded hefty ransom amounts from the victims’ families. The gang kidnapped at least 7 people from various areas of the city in the last two months and were rest free only after their families paid the kidnappers hefty ransom money.
Deputy Inspector General (DIG-Investigation) Tassaduq Hussain told Daily Times that such gangs emerged after every few months and the police were not troubled by them. He said the gang members would soon be caught and brought to justice. He said the only thing that matters to the police is to keep the city’s environment peaceful. He said that the city police’s Investigation Wing was working well and had solved many kidnapping cases in the last couple of months.
A senior investigator of the city police said the gang had stepped up its activities in the city since last month. Letters, not phones He said that the most recent of the cases was the kidnapping of Dr Tayyab Hussain, head of the Services Hospital’s Eye Department. He said the kidnappers used a new way to contact with the doctor’s family – letters. He said that despite the availability of cellphones, the kidnappers threw two signed stamp papers outside Dr Hussain’s private clinic in Naseerabad.
Dr Hussain was released without paying ransom because the police had located the gang and arrested one of its members only a week after the doctor was kidnapped. He said the kidnappers released the doctor because the police threatened to shoot them and their families. The investigator said that the gang had kidnapped another six people, including two teenagers and two girls.
Former Crime Investigation Agency (CIA) SP Masood Aziz said kidnapping for ransom is considered the safest crime. He said the kidnappers usually kidnapped one person and demanded hefty ransom amounts. He said kidnappers also threaten their victims’ families that if they contacted the police, the kidnapped person would be killed. He said usually, the police also stay out of the matter as long as the kidnapped person is in danger and make sure that the person returns home safely.