Larkana: Kidnapping for ransom a flourishing business in Sindh
LARKANA: Money-making through kidnapping for ransom has become a flourishing business in Sindh. Definitely there may be many more cases, but this correspondent has confirmed reports of more than 44 abducted people languishing in the “prisons” of bandits who enjoy the benedictions of influential people, due to which the police appear helpless and do not take action. The News has collected information about 44 people, who had been abducted across the Sindh province. Four people — Muhammad Irfan, Ghori Mirza, Muhammad Mehdi and Mir Anis-ur–Rahman — have been kidnapped in Karachi so far this year and are yet to be recovered.
Nine people were kidnapped in different areas of Larkana this year who are still languishing in captivity. Eight people, including two children, were kidnapped in Ghotki district.
They were identified as Ihsan Meo, Muhammad Yusuf Meerani, Abdul Qayyum Ogaho, Shabbir Qambrani, Hakim Samo, Zakir Bozdar, Abdul Rashed Lund and Ali Muhammad Bhatti. None of them returned to their homes yet. A taxi driver, Ghulam Nabi, was kidnapped by unidentified armed men in the limits of Aadal Police Station in Sukkur.
The kidnappers have been demanding a ransom of one million rupees from his relatives. A businessman Ramesh Lala, who is also a leader of the minorities, and his companions, Ashok Kumar and Hari Lal, were kidnapped while they were returning to Jacobabad from Karachi recently.
Meanwhile, a banker, Malhar Noonari of Thull, who was kidnapped six years ago is yet to be recovered. Three people, Hidayatullah Sundrani, Lal Khan Sundrani and Mengal Markato were kidnapped in Bhittai Colony of Jacobabad after a land dispute. They have not been traced as yet.
Naimatullah Bhand, resident of Gambat, Khairpur district, was kidnapped recently. He had gone to water his land but was kidnapped while Altaf Kandhiro and his bother, Karim Kandhiro, residents of Tando Masti, were kidnapped and are yet to be recovered.
There were six cases of kidnappings in Qambar city. Six–year–old Amina Jamali and a jeweler, Nazir Brohi, were kidnapped on June 10 in separate incidents.
The Sarrafa Union activists along with the people concerned have been protesting since then for the recovery of the girl and the jeweler Brohi but in vain. Even their sit-ins and hunger strikes had fallen on deaf ears.
Eight–year–old Ateeqa Kori was kidnapped in Ratodero five months ago. The police have failed in achieving any breakthrough in her case so far. A student of class IX, Sajid Kalhoro, went missing on June 25 and was later discovered to in the bandits’ prison.
Sevomal and his son, Ajay Kumar, both shopkeepers, and Dr Bhero Lal Lihano of Diplo were kidnapped in Tando Allah Yar district recently but none of them could be recovered by police.In the Naushehro Feroze district, the owner of a transport company, Ghulam Mustafa Rind, was kidnapped by armed men when he was going home from his office. The police remained unsuccessful in finding any clues about his kidnappers.
Qamaruddin Janwan and his nephew, Safdar Janwan, who were going to their home, were abducted in Mehar in Dadu district. The police could not find them, while his abductors are demanding Rs20 million as ransom for their release. Similarly, a lecturer Ali Murad Chandio, resident of Mehar, was kidnapped in mid-July but was not recovered. The kidnappers made a demand of Rs5 million as ransom.
Two residents of Khipro (Mirpurkhas), Shahid Qureshi and Shahzado Qureshi, were kidnapped a few days earlier. The elected representatives and police officials appeared helpless while the criminals proceed with their nefarious activities.