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Ghazni residents seek deterrent action against kidnappers

Ghazni residents seek deterrent action against kidnappers

Jun 26, 2017 - 15:38

GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): Residents of southern Ghazni province have accused the authorities concerned of paying little attention to controlling growing kidnap incidents.

Police, however, rubbished the claims and insisted an operation against kidnappers was underway in the province. They claimed having arrested several suspects in a string o raids

Izzatullah, an inhabitant of the provincial capital, said kidnappings for ransom were on the raise. “They abduct people and demand ransom. If the demand is not met, they kill the captive.”

He added the body of a kidnap victim was recently found the under the Jangal Bagh bridge. The man had been kidnapped and his captors had sought ransom from his family. But they were unable to pay ransom.

Mohammad Anwar, hailing from Qarabagh district, said three people had been kidnapped in the past two month in his area.

“Police managed to set free one a few days back. But the release of a captive is not enough. Police should take strong action against the kidnapping mafia and punish the gangsters,” he stressed.

Anwar said due to fear of being kidnapped, well-off individuals of the district had decided to live in places where they felt secure.

Abdul Rahman, a businessman, said entrepreneurs were unwilling to make investment in the province due to fear of kidnapping.

“If you invest here, both your money and family will be in danger,” he remarked, demanding deterrent action against kidnappers.

Khaleq Dad Akbari, the provincial council head, acknowledged incidents of abduction had lately increased in Ghazni.

But he said the kidnappers were unable to get ransom and most of them had been captured by police. He suggested severe punishment for them to control the crime graph.

Police chief, Brig. Gen. Aminullah Amarkhel, said they had launched an operation against kidnappers. As many as 18 raids have been conducted, leading to the arrest of 20 suspected kidnappers.

He said currently two gangs of kidnappers were active in Ghazni and plans for their arrest had been worked out. However, Amarkhel did not go into details.

Incidents of kidnapping have been on the rise in most provinces of the country, including Kabulinfo-icon, and people often demand strong action against the gangsters involved in the crime.






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