Rangers did not raid my house: CPLC chief

MQM criticises Chinoy for changing his stance, says by doing so he has declared himself a liar


Faraz Khan/web Desk January 27, 2015
CPLC chief Ahmed Chinoy addressing a press conference in Karachi on Tuesday. PHOTO: ONLINE

KARACHI: In a shocking development, Rangers have raided the house of Citizens-Police Liaison Committee (CPLC) chief Ahmed Chinoy, where they have reportedly recovered a kidnapped boy along with Rs1.5 million, allegedly being given to Chinoy by the boy's mother for his release.  

However, The Express Tribune could not independently verify the reports of the boy's recovery.

According to initial reports, the raid was carried out on a tip-off by the victim's father. As per the father, his wife was visiting the CPLC chief’s residence in Defence Housing Authority to pay Chinoy the ransom money to get their son released.

The Rangers has alleged that Chinoy has links with groups extorting money for ransom, Express News reported.

Police have taken Chinoy into custody. However, addressing the media, the CPLC chief said the accusations leveled against him are baseless.

“I will address a press conference later in the evening today to prove these allegations false,” Chinoy added.

“This morning at 5:30am, Rangers raided my house and asked me to come with them but after speaking to officials they left me.”

Further, he said he went earlier today to meet DG Rangers and clarify the matter.

“I went to Rangers Headquarters today and clarified the matter with them,” Chinoy said while speaking to Express News.

Chinoy said there was some confusion regarding coordination on a case of a kidnapped child. “When two agencies are working on a case there can be issues with coordination.”

“The victim's mother was not at my house,” the CPLC chief said, refuting reports.

“Only me, my wife and children were at home at the time,” he added.

Further, he said the victim was recovered from Super Highway.

“I don’t understand what I have done that without any authentication they are leveling these allegations.”

“If they found something on me then they wouldn’t have left me to roam around like this,” Chinoy added.

Commenting on the raid, a Rangers spokesperson said, “CPLC informed culprits about Rangers' raid.”

“A few hours after the raid at Ahmed Chinoy’s residence, the abductors escaped, leaving the abductee behind,” the spokesperson alleged. The abductee, who was kidnapped from SITE area in Karachi, was recovered today from Sohrab Goth.

Further, the Rangers spokesperson said, “Abductors were demanding Rs2 million as ransom.”

However, the Rangers later issued a press statement in which they said that their Special Task Force conducted a raid at Sohrab Goth’s Indus Plaza at 4:30am on Tuesday and recovered Laraib. The statement did not carry any mention of Chinoy.

“The kidnappee was abducted from SITE area yesterday (Monday) and Rs2 million were being demanded as ransom money for his release. Rangers Task Force while utalising the technical and ground  intelligence recovered the abductee."

Later, addressing a press conference in the evening, Chinoy refuted reports of the abductee and money being recovered from his house as "false.”

"Laraib was not recovered from my house," he asserted.

“Laraib was kidnapped at 10pm last night and his family contacted Rangers and CPLC,” the CPLC chief said while addressing a press conference.

“Rangers came to my house to exchange information regarding arresting the gang involved in kidnapping,” he added.

Further, Chinoy said CPLC has extended support to Rangers and works closely with law enforcement agencies.

“I feel the media received the wrong information from a source; there was no raid at my house,” Chinoy added.

Further, he said all misunderstandings should end with this official statement.

Change in Chinoy’s stance shows his culpability: MQM

Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) on Tuesday criticised Chinoy for changing his stance on the raid conducted by Rangers on his house, claiming that it showed his culpability.

In a statement, a party spokesperson said that MQM chief Altaf Hussain and his party had raised their voice against the violation and injustice with the people. He added that Chinoy had changed his statement from what he had told journalists earlier due to unknown reasons. By doing so, he added, Chinoy had declared himself a liar.

“Rather than resigning from his post, he (Chinoy) manipulated the reality and lied to journalists in the press conference,” the statement read.

COMMENTS (44)

Mr.Fraudiye | 6 years ago | Reply

MQM is involved in the entire affair no doubt about it.

Zardari | 6 years ago | Reply

How dare the Rangers try to derail democracy. Chinoy is a highly democratic source of fundraising, for democratic causes, through democratic means, like kidnapping. I will call America immediately to inform them of this undemocratic misdemeanor by undemocratic Rangers.

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