3 killed, trader kidnapped in Mardan
MARDAN: Unidentified persons reportedly kidnapped a trader of Bazaar Shaheedan in Sheikh Maltoon Town, while two persons were gunned down and a bride committed suicide in different parts of the district Wednesday. Anil Raj, a noted businessman of Hoti, while lodging first information report (FIR) with Sheikh Maltoon Town claimed that his brother, Sik Raj, was on his way to his home late Tuesday night when unidentified persons kidnapped him at gunpoint. He said they had no enmity or business rivalry with anyone in the area and his brother might be kidnapped for ransom.
Belonging to a minority community of Mardan, Sik Raj is a noted businessman of the Mardan city. Later, residents of Sheikh Maltoon Town held a protest meeting against the kidnapping of the member of the minority community. On the occasion, President of Residents Society Pir Safdar Shah said the authorities had failed to check the growing incidents of kidnapping in Sheikh Maltoon Town. He claimed the township had become a hub of criminals.
Meanwhile, rivals gunned down two persons while a bride committed suicide a day ahead of her wedding in different parts of the district. Nazia of Babozai, 45 kilometres from Mardan, allegedly committed suicide just a day ahead of her wedding.
In third incident, body of an unidentified man was found in a drain at Bakhshali village. The man was apparently strangulated. Police officials later buried the unclaimed body at a local graveyard. In another incident, Sajid allegedly shot dead Farid Khan inside his house at Gujar Garhi, a town adjacent to the city.