Mother accused of masterminding baby’s kidnapping
By Mohammad Asghar
RAWALPINDI: Police have recovered the six-month-old baby boy kidnapped overnight for ransom from the outskirts of Sialkot, arrested one of the kidnappers who allegedly planned the crime with the mother of the boy.
“Yes, the boy has been recovered and will shortly be reunited with his family,” City Police Officer Rao Mohammad Iqbal said here on Wednesday. Hamza, son of Hammad Haideri, was abducted by two gunmen from the family’s house in Shamsabad.
CPO Iqbal said a joint police team recovered the boy from the custody of Saqib Butt, who was close to the family, and arrested him.
But the greater shock was the information given by SSP (operation) Yasin Farooq that the mother of the boy, Ms Suman, was involved in the kidnapping. She confessed during the preliminary investigations that she had masterminded the crime with Saqib Butt, he said.
According to the SSP, the kidnappers had planned to kill the boy’s father after getting the ransom money. Butt, together with a friend, staged a robbery at the boy’s house on Monday, stayed there overnight, and later left leaving behind a ransom demand.
“Yes, the boy’s mother has confessed her involvement in the kidnapping of her infant which helped the police to trace him.
She has been taken into custody and is being investigated,” the SSP said. The culprits barged into the house of Hammad who had recently returned from Saudi Arabia. The intruders remained inside the house for several hours and escaped after taking the infant along with cash and gold ornaments.
Before fleeing, they also gave tranquilisers to the infant’s parents. When they regained consciousness they found their loved one missing.
Khawaja Manzoor Ahmad Chisti, a close relative of Hamza, told Dawn on the phone that he along with the infant’s mother, who is in police custody, was on way to Sialkot to take back the boy.
To a question, he said he would appreciate if the police investigated anybody from his family. When the boy’s mother was asked about the recovery of her son, she did not speak any word on the phone.