Karachi: 2 women arrested, 3 children recovered
KARACHI: In a successful rescue bid, the Model Colony police arrested two women of a beggar gang and freed three handicapped children who had been kidnapped by professional child-lifters and sold to this gang, even as the gang leader managed to escape.
Talking to Daily Times, DSP Saifullah said that a handicapped child, Mani, 18, was kidnapped from Lahore’s Green Town two years ago. His uncle, Rafiq, who had moved to Karachi from Lahore, spotted him when he came with his handler, Bashira Bibi, to his Rafiq’s house to beg for alms.
“Initially, I did not recognize Mani,” said Rafiq. “Then Mani called me uncle. When I checked his hands, where his name and address was written, only then was I sure.” Rafiq informed the police, but Bashira Bibi managed to flee.
Saifullah said that a police party carried out a raid at a beggars’ hideout and arrested Bashira Bibi, who is part of a gang that kidnaps children and supplies them force them to beg for alms.
During initial interrogation, she disclosed that there were more children in the gang’s possession. The police used the information she provided to raid a residence near Race Course and rescued two more handicapped children, Akram and Afzal, who were found tied up. Police officers said that Gang leader Shaffu managed to escape, while his wife, Babli, was arrested.
Model Colony SHO Farhat Kamal said that this group supplies handicapped children to the entire city for begging, for which Shaffu gets Rs 400 per child each month. According to Bashira, the groups purchasing these children earn much more. Bashira herself earned Rs 1,600 per day through Mani. The group members hail from Hasilpur, Punjab. An FIR (No. 86/2008 under sections 365, 337 and 364) was registered against the women while raids will be conducted to arrest the absconded ringleader.