Karachi: Man, couple acquitted in kidnap case
KARACHI: An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Friday acquitted two men and a woman accused of kidnapping a child and demanding a ransom for his release.
Kashif, Manzoor and his wife, Rubi, were accused of abducting four-year-old Hammad within the remit of the Frere police station in June 2008.
ATC-III Judge Ghulam Mustafa Memon, pronouncing the verdict after recording arguments from both sides, directed the jail authorities to release the accused if not wanted in any other case.
Defence counsel Mushtaq Ahmed submitted that the prosecution failed to place any solid evidence before the court as its witnesses, including the complainant, and the victim had neither deposed against the accused nor identified them.
He contended that the subscriber’s identity module (SIM) allegedly seized from the possession of the accused was not registered in the name of any of them, adding that it was a case of no evidence.
The special public prosecutor, Mubashir Mirza, conceded that the prosecution’s case was badly dented since the complainant turned hostile and the victim did not identify the accused.
According to the prosecution, the accused kidnapped Hammad on June 24 and demanded Rs15 million for his release. Later, they reportedly reduced the amount to Rs1.5 million. However, the AVCC and CLPC conducted a raid in a Malir locality and arrested the accused. They also recovered the kidnapped boy from their custody, the prosecution said.
A case (FIR No.155/08) was registered at the Frere police station under Sections 365-A (kidnapping for extorting property, etc) and 34 (common intention) of the Pakistan Penal Code read with Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act. All the three accused had been in jail custody since their arrest. The woman gave birth to a child during her detention.