Rangers personnel on Tuesday reportedly carried out a raid on the residence of Citizens Police Liaison Committee (CPLC) chief Ahmed Chinoy and allegedly recovered the mother of a young abductee along with Rs1.5 million in ransom. Chinoy, however, strongly denied the allegations.
According to Express News, Rangers alleged that Chinoy is hand in glove with people involved in kidnapping for ransom. They said the CPLC chief was brokering negotiations between the mother of a kidnapped man, Laraib, and his captors when Rangers carried out the raid. They claimed that following the raid the kidnappers released Laraib and fled.
However, the CPLC chief, rejected the allegation that Laraib’s mother and the ransom amount was recovered from his residence.
“There was a misunderstanding which I clarified during my visit to Rangers Headquarters, where I met the DG Rangers Major General Bilal Akbar and Colonel Tahir,” he said. He also claimed that he had talked to the Sindh governor in this connection.
“I have been serving people for the last many years. These allegations are an attempt to defame me. I, therefore, request authorities to conduct a judicial inquiry into the matter,” he said.
Commenting on the controversy, Karachi Police chief Ghulam Qadir Thebo said he was not aware of any raid on Ahmed Chinoy’s residence. However, he said there are criminal elements in every political party.
Meanwhile, Muttahidda Qaumi Movement (MQM) representative said Ahmed Chinoy had completely changed his statement regarding the raid on his residence and “thereby proved himself a liar”.
“The MQM and its chief Altaf Hussain have always raised voice to highlight the injustice against respected citizens like you (Chinoy) but you for some unknown reasons or under some fear retracted your earlier statements,” the MQM representative said. “It would have been better, if he had not called a news conference. But if he had called a press conference he should have stated the facts and handed in his resignation,” he added.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 28th, 2015.
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