Karachi: 2 ‘KU students’ remanded in kidnapping for ransom bid case
KARACHI: A young man and a woman, who claim to be students of the Karachi University, were remanded in police custody on Wednesday on a charge of attempting to kidnap a businessman for ransom.
The investigation officer told the Anti–Terrorism Court-I that Faisal Iqbal and Hina Siddiqui allegedly tried to abduct businessman Muhammad Azmat and demanded Rs500,000 in ransom near the mausoleum of the Quaid–e–Azam on Tuesday.
However, Azmat resisted and managed to escape to safety. He lodged an FIR with the Brigade police, saying that the suspects had established contact with him by phone.
The police arrested both the suspects on the same day. Iqbal and Siddiqui accused each other of planning the kidnap bid.
As the ATC-I remanded the two in police custody, Special Public Prosecutor Abdul Maroof requested judge Nadeem Raza Baloch to order that Siddiqui be kept at a women’s police station and interrogated by policewomen.
The prosecutor contended that the Anti–Terrorism Act empowered the presiding officer to pass such orders in case the suspect was a woman.
The court granted the plea and directed the investigation officer to keep Siddiqui detained at the women’s police station concerned. The next hearing is scheduled for September 7.