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Inquiry launched into involvement of police officials in kidnapping

RAWALPINDI: The inspector general of police (IGP) Punjab on Saturday ordered an inquiry into the alleged involvement of six police of ficers in kidnapping for ransom.

Three of the police officials were arrestedincluding one associatedwith the Islamabad police and two from the Sindh police, who were serving as staf f members of a former superintendent of police (SP), Potohar Division Rawalpindi. Three others are from the Rawalpindi police. The SP was removed from his post and directed to report back to the Central Police Of fice, L ahore.

Headed by Deputy Inspector General of Police (training) Mohammad Idris from Lahore and assisted by SP Legal Raja Azmat, the inquiry team on Saturday recorded the statements of the victim, the suspected of ficials and viewed the case file.

TheinquiryofhcerleftforLahoreto report to IGP Punjab with his recommendations and suggestions.

`Some people were verbally interviewed while the interviews of some important characters were written by the inquiry of ficer,` a source told Dawn.

A resident of Attock who is a builder and deals in property, Asadullah was kidnapped f rom Wah Cantt on Aug 28,2018 by some unidentified persons.

The kidnappers, two of whom were in police uniform, handcuffed Asad and took him to an unknown location in Rawalpindi.

The kidnappers, two of whom were in police uniform handcuf fed him and took him to an undisclosed place in Rawalpindi.

The victim was detained in a house for four days and the kidnappers demanded Rs9.5 million and two Prius Hybrid cars as his ransom. The victim`s brother paid Rs400,000 in ransom to one of the kidnappers in a hotel in Attock.

After Asad was released, an FIR was registered against six police officials, an assistant sub-inspector, one head constable and four constables.

Asad said there were eight other people from Lahore, Peshawar and Charsadda who were kidnapped by the gang.

Two police officials, Nadeem and Amir were initially arrested and one more arrest was later made by the police.

However, the former SP Potohar, who had been transferred from Sindh to Rawalpindi, had brought with him staff members from Sindh who were also found to be involved with the gang. Mohammad Asghar