Lahore: 4 kidnapped boys’ families protest
LAHORE: The families of four kidnapped boys staged a protest demonstration on Monday against the Investigation Wing of City Police Division on the Ring Road over its failure to recover their loved ones even after a lapse of two months.
A large number of people, including relatives of the kidnap victims and residents of Qaddafi Colony, gathered on the road and blocking traffic on its both sides by burning tyres on it.
The protesters claimed that police were not investigating the matter intentionally and had connections with the alleged kidnappers, who had a long criminal history. They alleged that police had been unable to arrest any of the nominated four persons in the case.
Victim Usman’s father told the media that he had received a phone call of his missing son a week ago who told him that the kidnappers were subjecting them to severe torture. He said he gave the details of the call to police but police did not trace anybody.
According to the complainant, his neighbor Muhammad Mushtaq was witness to a double-murder and the accused wanted him not to appear before the court to identify their brother, Rawash, who was under trial. He said the son of Mushtaq, named Hassan, was a friend of his son, Usman, and both were together along with two other friends, Rizwan and Jameel, when they were kidnapped.
Mushtaq said he had met with Liaqat alias Lalu in Kot Lakhpat jail for release of his son where he demanded to pay Rs2.5 million as ransom for the each kidnapped boy.
Investigation Officer Badami Bagh Police Inspector Abdullah Pasha said police had arrested Muhammad Aslam, the father of three accused persons, and he was in their custody on remand. He said Liaqat alias Lalu and Rawash were already in Kot Lakhpat and Camp jails respectively. He said the rest of the accused would be arrested soon. He said the complainant had not nominated any accused in the beginning and Liaqat alias Lalu, Rawash, Rafaqat, Sarwar Alias Sheeda, Usman Bhatti and Kashif were nominated at a later stage.
It is worth mentioning here that four teenagers, identified as Hassan Mushtaq, 18, Rizwan, 16, Usman, 17, and Jameel, 16, residents of Qaddafi Colony, were kidnapped on second day of Eidul Azha. A case was registered with the Badami Bagh Police Station but the police had so far failed to trace them.
Meanwhile, the relatives of a girl, kidnapped from Kasur, also protested on Monday outside the Punjab Assembly against the police for not recovering the girl. According to details, a 22-year-old Aqsa of Kasur was kidnapped two months ago by some influential of the area over a property dispute.
Protesters accused the police of not recovering the girl just to mint money from both the parties. They demanded high-ups of police and Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to look into the matter for the recovery of the girl.