Karachi: 3 kidnappers, including dismissed policeman held, weapons recovered
KARACHI: Police have arrested three people, including a dismissed policeman, involved in cases of kidnapping for ransom and extortion. Weapons and ransom money were also recovered, said Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Wasim Ahmed. Speaking to journalists at a press conference held at the Central Police Office on Sunday afternoon, he said that providing security to the common man, eliminating street crimes and kidnapping for ransom are the three major areas of concern for the police.
Ahmed said that, recently, a tannery association had contacted law enforcers and informed them about a group consisting of Afghan nationals. Acting on the information, the police raided a flat situated in Gulistan-e-Johar and arrested them and their bank accounts, containing the ransom money, have been sealed. The Citizens Police Liaison Committee (CPLC) also played a vital role, along with the Special Investigation Team (SIT), he explained.
Out of the arrested men, two are Afghan nationals, named Saeed Jan and Gul Badeen, while the third is a dismissed police constable called Ayub. Ahmed further said that the arrested men also bought property using the ransom money and the files for the property were also recovered from their possession, adding that they also shifted money to Afghanistan but, as the investigation was in its initial stages, it has not yet been established who the money was sent to.
He said that the police have also learnt that the men have Pakistani accomplices and raids are being conducted for their arrest. The arrested men have kidnapped and released five men after obtaining ransom money during the period from December 2007 to September 2008. The kidnapped people are Haji Taj Mohammad from Gulshan–e–Iqbal, Haji Allah Mohammad from Mobina Town, kidnapped in March, Mohammad Shafi from Sharah–e-Faisal, Saeed Ghaffor from Shah Faisal Colony and Abdul Hakeem from Korangi.
All the people kidnapped were Afghan nationals and were released after their families paid around Rs 30 million. The men had also threatened leather merchants Younus and Haji Habibullah and took a total amount of Rs 2.9 million from them. Police recovered three Kalashnikovs, three pistols, handcuffs, chains, police uniform articles and approximately Rs 1.2 million from their possession.
Ahmed said that a total of 57 cases of kidnapping for ransom were registered in the city in the current year, out of which, the police have recovered 51, five were killed by the kidnappers and one case is in progress. Talking about street crimes, he said there seems to be a decrease in the number of cases of street crime and said that the police is working to provide foolproof security to the citizens.
Talking about the high alert in Karachi, Ahmed said that it does not mean that there is a threat from suicide bombers or terrorists but is actually to keep law enforcers on their toes. He added that the city is not under threat but urged the citizens to cooperate with law enforcers and immediately inform them about any terrorist or extremist activities. In response to a question, Ahmed said that everything that could in any way be related to terrorism is being monitored.
DIG A D Khawaja, SP Abdul Khaliq Sheikh, Omer Shahid, Mohammad Ali Rind and other senior officials also attended the press conference.