The Sukkur police managed to recover four people who had been kidnapped nearly a week ago after an encounter with their abductors in a katcha area within the jurisdiction of the Raza Goth police station. So far the police has recovered 14 people.
According to sources, a heavy contingent of the police led by SSP Sukkur Tanveer Hussain Tunio in Armoured Personnel Carriers with heavy automatic weapons raided and cordoned off the katcha area near Pannu Aqil. The police claimed that once the kidnappers knew they were there, they opened fire. In retaliation, the police also fired back. The exchange of gunshots continued for hours during which the kidnappers managed to escape and left the hostages behind.
Those recovered were identified as Abdul Majeed Pathan, Abdul Wahab Pathan, Naimat Chachar and Malhar Chachar. They were kidnapped near Pannu Aqil nearly a week ago. SSP Tunio told The Express Tribune that, besides these four men, the Sukkur police had also recovered 10 others bringing the total number of recovered persons to 14. He added that they had not paid ransom in any of the cases.
Out of these 14, two each were kidnapped from Ghotki, Shikarpur and Kashmore. According to the SSP, operation cleanup in the katcha areas will continue till the last of the outlaws flee or surrender.
ASWJ leader kidnapped
Activists of the Ahle Sunnat wal Jamat led by its general secretary Paryal Shah staged a protest from the railway station to the press club. They were protesting against the kidnapping of their district president, Qari Shaban Mahar, by unidentified men within the limits of the Adilpur police station on Saturday evening.
Mahar was with his son Umer Farooq on a motorcycle on the way to the Sharif Mahar Goth village from Ghotki when four men in a car intercepted them near Miran Jo Daro. They took him away at gunpoint and left his son behind. A case was registered against unidentified men at the Adilpur police station.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 21st, 2014.