Four NAB officials booked for kidnapping, demanding ransom

KARACHI – Police on Wednesday booked four NAB officers for kidnapping a former government officer and demanding Rs10 million for his safe release.

Darakhshan police registered an FIR 683/17 on the directives of Sindh High Court which was moved by the former assistant director Accountant General Sindh (AGS) Sikander Ali Abro.

The complainant had said that the NAB officials had asked him for a meeting near Sea View to settle some issues, and when he reached the point, they forcibly whisked him away in a car.

Later, he added, the NAB officials demanded Rs10 million to settle the case against him. In a statement before police, Abro said that the NAB officials were driving the car and pressurized him to pay the money, but he declined to accept their demand, which resultantly infuriated them. “But later, they freed me after an hour-long brawl,” he told police.

Following the incident, Abro contacted police to get an FIR registered against the NAB officials. However, it was only when the complainant approached the Sindh High Court when police registered the case against the NAB officials including Pervaiz Shaikh, Iqbal Channa, Dr Bilal and Gull Afridi.

Police said that raids were being conducted to catch the accused, and they would soon be behind bars.

Gang involved in short-term kidnappings busted

On the other side, Anti Violent and Crime Cell (AVCC), Citizen Police Liaison Committee (CPLC) and City Division police, in a joint operation, busted a gang involved in short-term kidnappings.

SSP Adeel Chandio, while talking to the newsmen, said that police conducted a raid in an area in Kalri police limits and arrested two kidnappers, Muhammad Imran and Muhammad Iqbal.

Police said that the accused used to kidnap people and release them after getting the ransom within few hours.

Police said that they had recently kidnapped three local businessmen from different areas of the city and later released them after receiving the ransom. Similarly, Docks police arrested two persons Freed Ahmed and Shahab, allegedly associated with extortion mafia.

Police said that those held had recently demanded Rs 0.5 million from the businessman of the same locality.

Police raided and arrested both the persons. Police further said that the accused used to extort money from the local shop owners after getting complete information about their family members.

Two ‘bandits’ shot dead

Meanwhile, Korangi police claimed to have shot dead two armed bandits during an exchange of fire while a constable was also wounded in the encounter.

Police said that gunmen were busy looting passersby when policemen on routine patrolling rushed to the spot and asked them to surrender.

Bandits tried to flee and resorted to firing to avoid arrests, which resulted in an encounter and during the exchange of fire two armed bandits and a constable Rehmat sustained wounds and were rushed to the hospital where doctors pronounced both the bandits dead.

The bodies of gunmen were later shifted to a morgue for identification while police also recovered weapons and a motorbike from their possession.






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