Peshawar: Kidnappers luring men thru beautiful girls
PESHAWAR: As reported by The News on Thursday, apart from professional kidnappers, militants and ordinary criminal groups, having attractive female members to lure their prey, are active in seizing people from all over the provincial capital.
A number of people are also kidnapped due to financial disputes while females are abducted for marriage.
Kidnapping has become a major crime that has hit the city hard during the last few weeks as certain high-profile individuals; well-off people and ordinary citizens have been kidnapped from urban and rural parts of Peshawar.
Authorities are still making efforts for the safe recovery of the vice-chancellor of Islamia College University, Ajmal Khan, who was kidnapped more than one month ago.
The gang that kidnapped him has been busted and two of its members, including a student of the Geography Department of the University of Peshawar, have been arrested. However, the whereabouts of Ajmal Khan are still unknown.
He was the second VC kidnapped since November last year. The VC of Kohat University of Science and Technology, Dr Lutfullah Kakakhel, was the first one to be kidnapped. He was recovered after almost six months as a result of a ransom deal.
Among those who are yet to return home included a former deputy commissioner, doctors, other well-off people and children.
Peshawar Senior Superintendent of Police (Operations) Ijaz Khan argued that the situation was far better compared to the past.
“We are after these gangs. We have been bringing changes in the security system, securing all the routes and ensuring visibility of the force,” said Ijaz Khan who has recently taken charge as deputy police chief.
The authorities are planning to secure exit points of the city and deploy the rider squads at proper places.
The rented houses all over the city are likely to be properly checked so that these places are not used as kidnapping dens and dungeons.
Some police officials believe that many incidents reported as kidnappings for ransom are, in fact, cases in which people are picked up due to disputes to settle scores or in situations when men are lured by female kidnappers.