Karachi: Kidnappers held for sodomising, killing 7-year-old
KARACHI: Police have arrested the kidnappers of a seven–year–old boy, Saleem Hussain alias Sameer, who was sodomized and beaten to death before being dumped in some bushes along Gadani’s ship–breaking yard on Friday. The severity of bruises on the body made it difficult for the parents to identify their child at the Abassi Shaheed Hospital’s mortuary. An MLO said that the child was stoned to death before being violated by the kidnappers. According to the MLO, “Repeated blows by a sharp object probably a stone completely distorted the boy’s face, which was unrecognisable. It also caused his death. The child was sodomized before being killed.”
Saleem was abducted from outside his house in sector 15-B of New Karachi on October 31. A day later, the family received a call from an unknown number asking for Rs50,000 in ransom and threatening them not to inform the police about the incident.
After receiving another call for ransom on November 3, Babul Hussain, father of Saleem, informed the Gabol Town police station.
In-charge investigation Akhtar Jawad said two men, Mohammad Jalal, 35, and Mohammad Muneer, 30, were involved in the kidnapping and they kept shifting Saleem to different locations to avoid capture. After tracking the calls by the kidnappers, police found that they were initially based in Gharo and then moved to a farm house in Kaitee Bandar. They finally shifted to a ship breaking yard in Gadani and kept the child in bushes.
Jawad said that Jalal was a gardener at a beetle farm house in Kaitee Bandar, whereas Muneer was a worker at a ship-breaking yard in Gadani.
“They (kidnappers) were first timers and kidnapped the boy to seek revenge from the family,” he said. However, Jawad added that before the kidnappers were arrested, they had been alerted about a bruised body in some bushes near the ship-breaking yard Friday morning.
“The motive is personal,” said the investigation officer, adding that, “Muneer admitted to being in love with Saleem’s mother, who married someone else later on.” He, however, said that the police were not relying solely on that statement as the other accused, Jalal, had not spoken up as yet. The kidnappers would appear before a court for hearing soon, he added.