18-year-old killed by kidnappers after family pays Rs5m ransom, says police
Police discovered 18-year-old Syed Ghaousllah’s body Monday night in Killa Abdullah Maizi Addah. He was kidnapped three months ago.
The police took the body into custody and informed Ghaosllah’s family who reside in Quetta’s Shaikh Manda. The Levies and police say the man was shot multiple times. Ghaousllah was kidnapped at 12 am on August 14 from a street near his house, the man’s uncle told the police.
The family was called by the kidnappers demanding a ransom of Rs25 million. It was discovered by the kidnappers’ caller ID that they were calling from Iran.
The kidnappers and the man’s family negotiated over three or four phone calls before admitting to pay a ransom of Rs 5 million. “Their last call was made from Afghanistan, where the family sent the money,” his uncle said.
It was also revealed that the man’s father was kidnapped earlier but was sent home after Rs4.5 million ransom was paid.
Family and relatives protested Monday night outside CM House. They burnt tires and blocked the street. The relatives said that they are traders who work day and night to earn a living. They protested that the government has failed to protect the traders’ community and demanded that the government arrests the kidnappers and punishes them immediately.
Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan met with the man’s father and relatives on Tuesday.
CM Khan offered his condolences to the family and assured them that all necessary resources will be provided for an investigation.
The family ended their protest after the CM Khan reassured them that whoever was behind the killing will be penalized.