Lahore: Abduction, killing of 6-year-old boy: Police suspect father’s involvement
LAHORE: Police have arrested four men allegedly involved in the kidnapping for ransom and murder of a six-year-old child, and have claimed the father may have been involved in the crime. The victim, Shehroz Hafeez, was a resident of Zaman Colony and a student at the Qurban and Soriya High School. He was kidnapped on January 17 and the kidnappers later demanded a ransom. After the father, Hafeez, paid them Rs 500,000, the kidnappers strangled the boy and dumped his body in a graveyard.
The deceased’s parents alleged the police had not cooperated with them, however, the police suspected the involvement of someone close to the family. Cooperate: Police sources said they had been considering the father as a part of the kidnapping ploy. An officer of the investigations wing, on the condition of anonymity, said the father had not been cooperating with them from the start of their investigations. He said they had planted a tracking device on Hafeez’s motorcycle, but he had tried to use his brother’s motorcycle.
They also provided him with a pen camera to take pictures of the kidnappers with, which he had allegedly misplaced. The third time police officials provided him with a bag to carry the ransom in, which had a hidden tracking device in it, but Hafeez had used a plain shopping bag. He also said the boy had left the school with someone he recognised, leading them to the conclusion that he was familiar with his kidnappers.
Fled: After the murder, the police officials involved the father in the investigation, at which time, he identified one of the kidnappers, he said. Police officials took the suspect into custody and he identified other members of his group. The source said one of the kidnappers had fled to Karachi with the ransom and they were trying to locate and apprehend him. They said Hafeez ran a bicycle repair shop, while his in-laws were established. They claimed Hafeez was being considered as having planned the abduction.
Confirm involvement: Factory Area Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Sarfaraz Virk told Daily Times that they had taken four suspects into custody. He said they could not yet confirm the involvement of the father, adding that they were still investigating the matter and would soon track down all those involved in the murder.