rawalpindi - The motorway police shot and injured two out of four kidnappers and recovered three businessmen from their captivity yesterday.

The two other kidnappers were also nabbed after a brief chase by the motorway police between Chakri and Islamabad Interchange, besides recovering Rs 22,383,000 and weapons from them.

The four accused were handed over to officials of Chontra police station. The action against kidnappers was taken under the surveillance of DIG Motorway Sajjad Akbar Afridi.

According to Ishtiaq Akbar, the spokesman for motorway police, three Mardan-based businessmen namely Shan Ali, Imran Khan and Zafar Khan were travelling from Lahore to Mardan via motorway in their car LE-1236 having cash Rs 22,383,000 in a suitcase. The businessmen deal in cigarettes and medicines in Lahore, he said. He said that kidnappers intercepted the businessmen’s car by another car at gunpoint near Kalar Kahar. “The four kidnappers stormed into the car of the businessmen. They locked one of teh businessmen in the trunk of their car while made other two hostages at gunpoint,” the spokesman said. He said that one of the kidnappers sped away the car towards KP.

The motorway police received a call from Helpline 130 and immediately established halting point near Chakri Interchange to catch the vehicles. DIG Motorway Sajjad Afzal Afridi also reached there to supervise operation against the kidnappers. The motorway police stopped the cars for checking, he said. The kidnappers in an attempt to escape started firing at the officials. The police also retaliated and shot and injured two kidnappers Shah Hussain and Shahid Khan and arrested them. Two others were held after a brief chase by motorway police, he informed. He added that police rescued the abductees from the captivity of kidnappers and also recovered the cash from the car.

The kidnappers later were identified as Amjad Khan, Gulraz Khan, Shah Hussain (injured) and Shahid Khan (injured).

An official of police station Chontra, when contacted, said that a case was registered against the kidnappers and investigation has been launched.

Police also shifted the two injured accused to District Headquarters (DHQ) Hospital for cure amid tight security.