Karachi: 4 abductees recovered, 4 kidnappers nabbed
KARACHI: The Anti-Violent Crime Cell (AVCC), in collaboration with the Citizen-Police Liaison Committee (CPLC), on Wednesday claimed to have recovered four abductees, including a professor of the Hamdard University and a businessman abducted from different areas of the metropolis.
Four members of the kidnapping group were also nabbed in separate raids from Karachi and Sakran, Balochistan.
A 71-year-old professor Col (R) Iftikhar Abidi of the Hamdard University was kidnapped on Nov 16 from the Northern Bypass while he was on his way to Baqai University to conduct an examination as the external examiner. The investigation was transferred to the AVCC, which launched an inquiry in collaboration with the CPLC.
Sources said that the kidnappers had initially demanded Rs 10 million ransom for the professor’s release and finally settled for Rs 4 million.
CPLC officials said that they first arrested one accused, Anwar Rind when he arrived at the Northern Bypass to collect the ransom money from the family and later on, raided their hideout in Sakran, Balochistan.
They said that as soon as the police reached Sakran, the kidnappers opened fire at the police and tried to escape, leaving behind the abducted people, including Prof Abidi and one Nisar Soomro. Police managed to round up another kidnapper Ehsan Jatoi in the chase, however, the remaining culprits made their getaway.
Officials said that Soomro, a resident of Sacchal Goth was kidnapped on Nov 25. The kidnappers were demanding Rs 10 million as ransom from his family and the negotiations were in progress when the police raided the dungeon.
Separately, AVCC and CPLC claimed to have recovered two more abductees Sher Ali and Amin Lakhani from Bahadur Goth Afghan camp. Ali and Lakhani were kidnapped some four days ago from Mobina Town police precincts.
Two more kidnappers Rashid Brohi and Bakhtawar Mehsud, who belong to the same group were also arrested in this raid along with two TT pistols.