Lahore: Alleged kidnapper-cum-killer killed in ‘encounter’
LAHORE: An alleged kidnapper–cum–murderer was killed in an encounter with the CIA police in Jallo locality of Batapur on Friday. Police said 45-year-old Muhammad Ashfaq kidnapped cloth trader WaqarShabbir of Mughalpura with the help of his accomplice Azam for ransom a few days ago. Later, he killed Ashfaq and dumped his body in a canal in Nankana district. Ghaziabad CIA police said a team went to arrest Ashfaq on the pointation of his arrested accomplice Azam and he opened fire at the police. He was killed in the crossfire. Police sent his body for an autopsy and registered a case.
Police said Nankana police had been approached for the recovery of Ashfaq’s body.
Azam told the police that he and Ashfaq planned to kidnap his friend’s brother Shabbir. He took Shabbir to his house in Nankana, where he and Ashfaq drugged him and contacted his family for ransom.
The family agreed to pay the ransom, but Azam had the suspicion that Ashfaq’s family had identified him. He strangled Shabbir, slit his throat and threw his body in a canal.