Karachi: 9 abductors held as cellular firm’s staffer escapes to safety
KARACHI: The Anti-Violent Crime Cell (AVCC) busted a gang of kidnappers in the Northern Bypass area after an abducted official of a foreign cellular company managed to escape and call the police on Saturday. According to SP Ghulam Subhani of the AVCC Karachi, Naveed, a senior official of Telenor Company and resident of Gulistan-i-Jauhar, was kidnapped from Hub River Road on Thursday night. The case was reported to the Baldia Town police station.
For his recovery, the police expanded their network and sought technical assistance from the Citizens-Police Liaison Committee (CPLC). At 2am on Saturday the police received a call from Naveed from a Madrassa situated on Hub River Road. Consequently, a police team immediately reached the Madrassa where they met Naveed who told them that he was heading towards the Mauripur area in his vehicle on Thursday night when a car hit his vehicle from the back on the Hub River Road. When he came out of his car two armed men pointed pistols on his head and made him sit in their car.
After covering a short distance the gunmen suddenly stopped the car near a hotel and told him to sit on a motorcycle which was parked there. The kidnappers then carried him on the motorcycle. After a drive of an hour they stopped the bike in front of a minibus and told him to sit inside the bus. He got frightened and tried to ask them the reason of his abduction, to which the gunmen beat him up and pushed him inside the minibus, which was without seats.
They also tapped his mouth and blindfolded him. After another journey of an hour he was taken to a house where the armed men tied his hands with a rope and told him that he had been kidnapped for ransom. “Afterwards, the gunmen told me to write in English to my heads that I had been kidnapped and they demanded Rs10 million for my release while extending me death threats.”
However, at about 2am on Saturday, Naveed managed to loosen the rope and get his hands free. He then made a bid to escape when his captors were sleeping. He immediately jumped out of the widow of the 80-yard house. He kept running and finally he saw a Madrassa on the Northern Bypass, where he narrated his ordeal and asked the seminary people to let him call his family and the police.
SP Subhani said that on Naveed’s disclosure they raided the house located in a deserted area. Upon seeing the police, the kidnappers opened fire and an encounter ensued that lasted more than hour. Finally, the police managed to apprehend nine suspects and recovered seven pistols and two big weapons from their possession.
The gang was being led by Murad and Mithal, who hailed from Dera Murad Jamali, while the rest of their seven accomplices were providing them with logistic support and guarding the abducted people.