Rawalpindi: Kidnapped boy returns home
RAWALPINDI: A young boy kidnapped from near his home last Saturday was finally reunited with his parents on Wednesday. However, conflicting accounts have emerged as the police claim to have swooped down on the kidnappers and arrested one of them, whereas the family members have claimed that his release came about after they paid Rs500,000. Hamza Riaz, 16, son of a local businessman Mohammad Riaz, was kidnapped from Satellite Town’s E-Block when he went to buy sugar from a nearby market. “Hamza got late so I called him and he said his motorcycle tyre had burst. Later, when he did not return, I called him again on his cellphone but found it switched off,” his father recounted.
Mr Riaz told Dawn that when his son went missing, he started to search in local hospitals and contacted his relatives but could not trace them.
“I finally received an anonymous telephone call after midnight, and the kidnapper identified himself as Bacha Khan from Torkham,” Mr Riaz said, “he demanded Rs5 million as ransom in return for Hamza’s release. My son was screaming in the background, and I could hear him.”
Mr Riaz said that he told the kidnapper that he did not have the resources to pay such a large amount.
“The next day as I was going to the police station to file a report, I received a second call from the kidnappers. They asked me to pay Rs500,000, and told me where to drop it off,” he said. “On Wednesday, I handed over the money to a man on Khayaban-e-Sir Syed and returned home as instructed.”
Sometime later, he was informed by the local police that his son had been recovered.
The father of the victim said that his son was terrified and bitterly weeping when he saw his parents after being released.
“My son cannot remember where he had been detained, but whenever he got up to leave, they would put something on his face which intoxicated him,” Mr Riaz quoted his son. Apparently, the kidnappers had released him on a road, and when Hamza saw a police patrol car, he signalled it to stop, and narrated his ordeal.
When Superintendent of Police Potohar Chaudhary Hanif was contacted, he said the kidnapped boy who had been kidnapped on last Saturday for ransom had been recovered and one of the members of kidnapper’s gang was arrested.
The SP said: “One of the suspected kidnappers was captured by the police while a manhunt to arrest his accomplices has been launched.” However, the father of abducted boy claimed that since his son’s return, no police official had contacted him.