QUETTA - Quetta police claimed to have busted a gang of kidnappers in Sariab locality by rounding up five kidnappers and seizing arms and stolen vehicles from them.

“Some policemen were also arrested involved in motorbike and car thefts,” this was disclosed by DIG (Operation) Qazi Abdul Wahid at a press conference Saturday.

He said the Balochistan Chief Minister had directed for stern action against elements involved in kidnapping for ransom, target killing and other crimes. He said that Sariab police during a successful raid in the locality rounded up five members of a gang involved in kidnapping, and recovered two kidnapped people from their captivity. “Police also seized illegal arms and vehicles,” DIG Operation said and informed that to curb crime in Quetta 500 more police personnel had been called. He said police arrested a policeman, namely Waqas Sarwar, who was the leader of a gang, involved in car lifting. Police also recovered a stolen vehicle, he added.

Qazi said that two police employees Sidiqullah and Asrar Ahmed who were involved in motorbike theft were under investigation. He said police arrested two accused Nazir Ahmed and Zaheer Ahmed in connection with forgery besides seizing fake stamps, number plates, laptops, computers and two vehicles. “Police recovered 24 stolen vehicles and 11 motorcycles, and handed them over to their owners,” he added.

DIG Operation informed that 49, accused of being involved in smuggling of drugs, had been arrested along with 776 kg hashish, 4 kg of heroin, 245 bottles of liquor were seized. Similarly, he said during a campaign against illegal arms, 62 people were arrested and 59 pistols, 10 Kalashnikovs 11 rifles and 4150 rounds were recovered from their possession.  He said that police had arrested 32 proclaimed offenders, 156 absconders and 215 accused persons involved in different cases of robbery, murder, theft and kidnapping.

Teachers protest against kidnapping of colleague: Teachers staged a protest in front of the Balochistan University on Saturday, demanding immediate release of kidnapped Prof Dost Muhammad Tareen.

Unknown armed men kidnapped Tareen from Satellite Town area of Quetta six days ago. Balochistan University Academic Staff Association organised the demonstration led by its President Prof Kaleemullah Barech, Prof Fareed Khan Achakzai and Prof Rahim Jan Baloch.

The protesting teachers staged a sit-in on Sariab Road and blocked the road. They shouted slogans against the government and law enforcement agencies for their failure to curb kidnapping for ransom. The protesters said the culprits were not sparing the teachers.

Kaleemullah Bareech said kidnapping for ransom had become a lucrative business in Balochistan and powerful people of the province were backing such crimes.  far five varsity teachers had been killed while despite their repeated protests, no steps had been taken for the security of teachers.

The association warned that they will intensify their protest if the abductee was not recovered. They said that if the kidnapped professor was not released they would march from the university to the Governor’s House on March 14.