In another shivering incident, a minor was kidnapped, allegedly molested and finally killed in the heart of the city.
The dead body of the eight-year-old boy was recovered from a playground near the Glass Factory Chowk here on Friday. He was kidnapped late Thursday night and later shot dead by unidentified killers in the Glass Factory area. His dead body was found in a playground near the victim’s house in the morning.
Hamza Tariq, son of Tariq Mahmood, was kidnapped by unidentified persons at around 12:30 a.m. from the Glass Factory Chowk where he was helping out his father, who sells ‘tikkas’ on a pushcart along a road.
When contacted, Tariq Mahmood said that his son was working with him at night but disappeared suddenly. He said that he searched for him desperately but could not find any clue about him. Finally, he approached the Waris Khan Police at around 2:30 a.m. to tell them about the whole episode but they too could not recover his son.
He said that he spent a sleepless night and remained busy in search of his son till the morning. “The former naib nazim of the area told him at around 9 a.m. on Friday that the dead body of my son was lying in the nearby playground. I never expected to hear such shocking news about my son,” he added.
Fear and panic gripped the residents after the news about the boy’s murder spread in the locality in the morning.
It was second incident of its kind in a month in Rawalpindi in which a young boy was first kidnapped and later murdered by captives. Ali, a resident of Dhoke Munshi, was kidnapped and later found dead in a similar style recently. Police had, however, succeeded in nabbing the culprits within two days of that incident.
When asked about any enmity with anybody in his neighbourhood or elsewhere, Tariq Mahmood told ‘The News’, “I don’t have any kind of enmity with anybody, so it is shocking for me that somebody kidnapped my son and later killed him. The killers cannot be human beings.”
He said that he neither received any phone call from anybody nor anyone demanded ransom for his release. “Nobody could kidnap my son for ransom because everyone knows we are poor people and cannot afford to pay any ransom if so demanded,” he added. He said that his son might have been kidnapped for some unnatural act, but he could not say anything for sure at this stage as his medical report is still awaited.
However, the Waris Khan Police, when contacted by this scribe, quoting an eyewitness, said the boy was kidnapped by some Afghans and later shot dead. Police said that they had rounded up two suspects in connection with the case but could not reveal anything at this stage, as investigation was underway.
The Rawal Town senior superintendent of police (SSP), when contacted by this scribe for his comments on the issue, said that it was a shocking incident and police would try their best to apprehend culprits as early as possible. He said that the possibility of any kind of unnatural act with the child could not be ruled out, but this possibility could only be confirmed after getting a medical report. He said that a police team has been constituted to hunt down criminals.