Monday, October 3, 2022

Dua Mangi Kidnapped Suspect fled from Police

It has been questioned whether police played a hand in Zohaib Qureshi’s escape from custody in the high-profile kidnapping cases of Dua Mangi and Bisma Saleem, following his arrest as the lead suspect.

CCTV footage and other details of the escape have prompted concerns about the performance of the Sindh Police, which has so far been unable to apprehend the perpetrators.

A woman named Bisma Saleem was taken outside her home in DHA by armed men in a car on the outskirts of the city in May of this year. At the end of November that same year, Dua Mangi, a law student, was kidnapped from the Bukhari Commercial sector of the DHA.

Both kidnapped girls were reportedly restored to their families after one week, apparently as a result of the payment of a ransom.

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When Qureshi and another suspect, Muzaffar alias Moozi, were apprehended by police on March 19, 2020, they were suspected of being involved in the two kidnappings.

Agha Mansoor’s accomplice, according to the fleeing suspect, is Agha Mansoor. Two of them are reported to have played a key role in the kidnapping for ransom incidents in which they were involved. Agha Mansoor was a police officer in the Karachi Police’s specialized section when he died.

“Zohaib Qureshi cultivated relationships with police officers while attending court hearings in his case and rubbing money into their hands,” according to police sources.

“After winning the confidence of the police, he began arranging his escape a few days ago,” according to authorities. “He had contacted his aides from Tariq Road, where he was driving a white-colored automobile in preparation for his escape,” police authorities added.

“The police officers on duty were negligent, and the fleeing accused benefited from the belated report of his escape,” according to the official statement.

“Absconding accused could hide in Balochistan,” officials added. According to the authorities, “he was also seeking cash for a nationalist organization at the time.”

Agha Mansoor, Kamran Kami, and Shakeel, the first three accused in the Dua Mangi and Bisma kidnapping cases, were already on the run; now the fourth accused, Zohaib Qureshi, has also been added to the list of fugitive suspects.

The escape of Zohaib Qureshi from police custody was brought to the attention of Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah on Friday afternoon.

After the escape, he asked the home secretary and the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to take stern action against those responsible for it.

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