Targeting minorities: Abducted Hindu trader found dead near Quetta

Published: December 13, 2011

Kumar had been abducted three months ago.

QUETTA: A 24-year-old Hindu businessman, abducted for ransom about 50 days ago, was found dead near the Western Bypass near Quetta, the police said on Tuesday.

The tragedy began on October 22, when Ravi Kumar was abducted at gunpoint by four armed men, from his godown in Satellite Town. Three days later, the kidnappers contacted the family and demanded Rs20 million.

“We asked them to keep their demand within justifiable limits, so that we could pay,” said Kumar’s uncle Dr Mehar Chand, who serves as the general secretary of the Pakistan Peoples Party’s minority wing. After negotiations, the kidnappers agreed to halve the ransom.

On Monday evening, the family told the kidnappers they were ready to pay up but in the morning, the police informed them that three bodies needed to be identified at Civil hospital. One of them was Kumar’s.

Dr Mehar Chand quoted the doctors as saying that his head and chest were crushed with some heavy object.

“I’m sorry to say that minorities are not safe in this country,” said Dr Chand. He was also critical of the “lukewarm” response he received from the DIG and deputy commissioner of Quetta when he had asked for their help.

Police officials, however, said that Kumar’s family was unwilling to accept their help and wanted to resolve the issue on their own, using personal contacts.

Ultimately, police officials said, Kumar was executed by his captors when the ransom was not furnished.

Despite the setback, the police are investigating the case for possible clues that may help in tracking down the culprits.

Kumar was married and had a three-year-old son.

Meanwhile, Human Rights Commission Pakistan, Balochistan chapter, expressed its serious concern over the increasing incidents of kidnapping for ransom, particularly targeting minorities. “Hindus have stopped sending their children to school since they have become vulnerable to kidnapping for ransom,” said Tahir Hussain, chairman HRCP Balochistan.

(With additional reporting by our correspondent in Sukkur)

Published in The Express Tribune, December 14th, 2011.

Reader Comments (15)

  • usman
    Dec 14, 2011 - 4:22AM

    i wonder if ISI/FC is now abducting for ransom. for those, who think that any kind of violence in balochistan is just because of security setup.

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  • Pragmatist
    Dec 14, 2011 - 6:41AM

    The choice for all minorities is simple – convert of die.

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  • Max
    Dec 14, 2011 - 6:50AM

    So sad. My heart goes to Dr. Ravi Kumar’s family.

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  • Ayub Parvaiz Of Agra , India .
    Dec 14, 2011 - 6:58AM

    It Is A Shameful Act To Kill Ravi Kumar For Ransom .
    Pakistani Hindus Are Peace Loving People . We Indian
    Are Saddened By Hearing This Sad News .

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  • Ivan
    Dec 14, 2011 - 8:05AM

    Hopefully India, US and West allow Pakistani Hindus and other non-Muslims to immigrate on humanitarian ground.

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  • Dec 14, 2011 - 8:18AM

    Saddening..Recommend

  • Mard-e-Haq
    Dec 14, 2011 - 8:40AM

    It is possible that the security apparatus is behind this. After all, Zia-ul-Haq was a champion of minority suppression under the guise of Islam. From then onwards, there was a never-ending nexus between the security establishment and the militant mullahs.

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  • Ahmad
    Dec 14, 2011 - 11:01AM

    Pathetic..
    I do not have words to condemn this senseless act..

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  • Jayan
    Dec 14, 2011 - 11:55AM

    Hindus should be allowed to migrate to India. India can accomodate a few thousand more people over & above their 1.2 billion population. Indian govt should show humanitarian attitude to this migration

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  • Eymaad
    Dec 14, 2011 - 2:00PM

    “Targeting minorities” what is the point of the author i didnt get it, that guys was kidnapped for ransom and was killed because of that, what religion has to do with it, are people from majority community save in this country?

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  • Ahmad
    Dec 14, 2011 - 3:52PM

    @Pakistani Hindu:
    very saddening. my heart bleeds……………………

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  • khalis
    Dec 14, 2011 - 11:57PM

    they made a choice 60+ years back. they have to face dire consequences.
    moreover i find it confusing when people says that evil hindus will enslave all muslims if given chance so we should form separate country.
    i think its a fact that more hindus are killed by muslims and more muslims are killed by hindus post partition than before partition

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  • vinod kumar
    Dec 17, 2011 - 7:52PM

    ravi is my dearest cosine pray for his soul , plz do for minority of Pakistan. its shameful incident.

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  • niraj
    Dec 25, 2011 - 10:17PM

    It is shameful act on the part of fanatics instigated by mullah.

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  • Cynical
    Dec 29, 2011 - 10:02PM

    @Jayan

    I agree.

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