KARACHI - Police have arrested three kidnappers including a dismissed cop, allegedly involved in kidnapping for ransom and extortion, and recovered weapons and ransom money from their possession, said Capital City Police Officer (CCPO), Wasim Ahmed while addressing a press conference here on Sunday. He said the police, on a tip off, conducted raid on a flat at Gulistan-e-Johar and arrested the criminals later identified as Afghan nationals. He added police have sealed the bank accounts of the culprits where they used to deposit the looted money. The Capital Police Liaisons Committee (CPLC) also played vital role along with the Special Investigation Team (SIT) in smashing the said gang, the official added. The arrested criminals included Saeed Jan, Gul Badeen and a dismissed police constable, Ayub. CCPO further said the arrested men had also bought property with the ransom money whose documents were recovered from their possession. He added that accused also used to transfer money to Afghanistan. They had kidnapped five persons and later released them after getting ransom money during the period of December 2007 to September 2008. The persons who were kidnapped included Haji Taj Mohammad from Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Haji Allah Mohammad of Mobina Town, Shafi from Sharah-e-Faisal, Saeed Ghaffor of Shah Faisal Colony and Abdul Hakeem from Korangi. All the kidnapped were Afghan nationals who were released after paying almost Rs 30 million. However, the culprits have also extorted about Rs 2.9 million from leather merchants Younus and Haji Habibullah through threats. Police have also recovered three kalashnikovs, three pistols, handcuffs, police uniforms and cash worth Rs 1.2 million from their possession. The CCPO further said that a total of 57 kidnapping for ransom cases were registered in the city in the current year in which police have recovered 51 people while the kidnappers killed five others. Talking about the street crimes, he said there was a sharp decrease in the rate of street crimes. He added that foolproof arrangements were being made for the security of the citizens. Wasim Ahmed urged people to cooperate with the law enforcers and immediately inform them about the presence of a terrorist or extremist in the city. To a question, he replied that everything regarding terrorism, terrorists, religious seminaries, students and others was being monitored. DIG A D Khawaja, SP Abdul Khaliq Sheikh, Omer Shahid, Mohammad Ali Rind and other senior officials were also present on the occasion.