Top Hindu spiritual leader: Investigators clueless on high-profile kidnapping

Published: January 17, 2011
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Locals believe abduction is backed by influential people.

Locals believe abduction is backed by influential people.

QUETTA: Investigators are clueless on the high-profile kidnapping of a top Hindu spiritual leader in Balochistan.

Eighty-two-year-old Lakki Chand Garji, the maharaj of the historic Kali Mandar of Kalat, was kidnapped along with four other people while he was on his way to officiate a wedding ceremony. Armed people, believed to be locals, intercepted their vehicle near Surab and kidnapped all four at gunpoint.

However, two people were freed, allowing them to inform people that the top spiritual leader of Hindus in Balochistan had been taken hostage by unidentified people.

In recent weeks, there have been more than 22 incidents of kidnapping for ransom and hold-ups by gangsters on the Kalat-Surab section and Kalat-Mongechar section of the RCD Highway.

Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani visited Kalat last week and promised early recovery of the Hindu leader, but any progress is yet to be seen.

People in the province say ordinary criminals cannot commit such a high-profile kidnapping and claim that the kidnappers must have support from influential people.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 17th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • M. Salim
    Jan 17, 2011 - 10:00AM

    Sad state of affairs!Recommend

  • Robin
    Jan 17, 2011 - 11:48AM

    India has moral obligation to give asylum to Hindus of Pakistan so that they can re-build their lives in India; Any Hindu from anywhere in the world who is discriminated against – should be able to take refuge in India; It is requested of Indian consulates in Pakistan to treat the cases of Pak Hindus in a kind manner and expedite granting visas to them and not behave like the generally corrupt congress government of India; This is a matter of life and death; So please be fair, just and kindRecommend

  • vasan
    Jan 17, 2011 - 12:14PM

    And there is an article crying for Muslims in India without knowing facts. What a shameRecommend

  • M M Malik
    Jan 17, 2011 - 1:42PM

    Shameful. Recommend

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