KARACHI: Police on Tuesday said they suspect a criminal gang is behind the kidnapping of Dua Mangi, a young girl who was abducted from Karachi’s DHA neighbourhood late Saturday night and remains missing.
A senior police official, who wished not to be named, told a local media channel that a preliminary probe into the case had revealed that a criminal gang had intercepted the 20-year-old girl and her friend as they were walking on the road, injuring the boy and kidnapping her for ransom, however, the girl’s family had so far not received any ransom call.
Additionally, police claim they have made some progress in the case, citing the recovery today of the car used by the abductors. The car was found abandoned in Gulshan, within the limits of Sharea Faisal.
DIG South Sharjeel Kharal said different probe teams are working on the case. He said police are in touch with the family and making concerted efforts “to recover the girl safely”.
Meanwhile, a protest by members of the civil society is being staged at the city’s Teen Talwar roundabout. According to police, around 100 people are protesting, joined by PTI lawmakers Khurram Sherzaman and Aftab Qureshi, PPP leader Najmi Alam and by members of Sindh Thinkers Forum.
Traffic has been diverted to alternate routes.
The sister of the kidnapped girl told media that the family is not satisfied with the police’s performance as “despite the passage of three days, the police have failed to recover her”.
Earlier in the day, police arrested two students in the case.
On November 30, five armed men in a car intercepted Dua and her young friend, who were strolling along the road, fired multiple shots, left him wounded and took away the girl early morning.
Law enforcement officials believe that the case pertaining to Dua’s kidnapping may be a case of exacting revenge.
According to sources, Dua’s father told police that 10 days ago her daughter had a fight with her friend, later identified as Muzafar, and a few days later she was abducted.
On Monday, police deduced that the kidnappers may have used a car that was snatched earlier from Karachi’s Pakistan Employees Cooperative Housing Society (PECHS) neighbourhood last week.
Ferozabad police station’s Station House Officer (SHO) Inspector Aurangzeb Khan Khattak said that a car that was snatched from a trader, Danial Javed, at gunpoint in PECHS Block 2 was suspected to have been used by Dua’s kidnappers.
Khattak added that four armed robbers had snatched Javed’s car at gunpoint from outside his residence and a first information report (FIR) was subsequently registered at Ferozabad police station.
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah and IG Dr Syed Kaleem Imam had ordered fast-paced investigations into the alleged kidnapping, asking the authorities to use every possible channel and technology to arrest the culprits and recover the girl safely.
They also assured the families of the two victims of their full support and cooperation.