Murree has witnessed five cases of kidnap for ransom in the recent past, including one on Sunday night, as the families have paid money in millions to get the abducted men released.
On Sunday night a businessman, Sheikh Jamshed, was abducted from Lawrence College Road when he was going to Rawalpindi in his car. The kidnappers have allegedly demanded Rs20 million for his release.
About a month ago Dr Sarfraz Abbasi, a well known political personality heading an NGO working against cancer, was abducted and Rs20 million were demanded for his release. But after prolong negotiations and 23 days in captivity, he was released after paying Rs5 million.
Javed Abbasi, a trader of Lower Topa Bazaar, paid Rs2 million to secure his release. Similarly, kidnapped a month ago Abid Mehmood, a trader of Mussiari, paid Rs1 million in ransom for release. Aftab Ahmed paid Rs3 million to abductors for his release.
After the Sunday night’s incident, Rawalpindi’s City Police Officer Wisal Fakhar Sultan Raja has suspended Murree’s Station House Officer Malik Sajid for negligence and incompetency to take ‘appropriate’ action against increasing kidnapping incidents.
The kidnappings have created an atmosphere of fear and insecurity among the people here. The Hotel Association of Murree has announced a protest demonstration on Tuesday and the Murree Anjuman-e-Tajraan have also called a meeting to discuss this dangerous trend.