Rawalpindi - At least three men died and six others got wounded when a crane touched high tension power line at Chakmadad area within the limits of police station Ratta Amral, informed police yesterday.

All the victims were trying to pull out a van from a ditch when the crane touched the wires, police added.  Resultantly, three men namely Tariq Mehmood, resident of Charsadda, Noor Zia, resident of Bajur Agency, and Mohsin Shah, resident of Mansehra, died on the spot, police said. The dead bodies and the injured were rushed to hospital for autopsy and medical treatment. The injured were identified as Muhammad Iqbal, 30, Muhammad Usman, 45, Muhammad Hussain, 20, Khalid Hameed, 55, Asghar, 22, and Sudheer Abbasi, 35.

According to police, a parked van fell into a ditch. The van’s owner Usman, who runs an ice factory in the area, brought a crane to pull out his vehicle. He also called some other men to help him in taking out the vehicle. The crane touched high-powered wires that resulted into the tragedy.

A police officer said that the police had noted down the incident in its daily diary as an accident. He said that the families of the deceased did not want to register the FIR. He added that the police handed over the dead bodies to the families after post-mortem. A doctor told The Nation that the six men were discharged from hospital after treatment.

Meanwhile, police recovered a six-year-old child safely from the captivity of abductors during an action, informed police spokesman yesterday.

The small child namely Ghulam Ahmed, son of Nadeem Akbar, was kidnapped by 8 men for Rs 1.6 million ransom, he said.

Regional Police Officer Wisal Fakhar Sultan Raja appreciated the swift action of police and announced commendatory certificates and cash prizes for police raiding party.