LAHORE: Kidnapper killed a youth over non-payment of ransom by his family here on Friday.
Police said that Qaiser Cheema hailing from Muslim Town area of Lahore was abducted allegedly by his friend Khurram Iqbal.
The kidnapper through a telephone call had demanded Rs 30 million from the family of the abducted youngster for his release. However, over non-payment of ransom and for approaching the police, the accused killed his abducted friend.
Meanwhile, CIA Iqbal Town police claimed to have arrested three accused, including a woman, involved in the case.
Speaking at a press conference on Friday, DIG (Investigation) Zulfiqar Hameed said the body of the victim had been recovered.
He said the accused Khurram Iqbal along with Yaqoob Masih and his wife Bushra abducted Qasir Cheema on January 2 from Wahdat Road and demanded ransom.
The DIG said he had constituted a special police team under the supervision of the CIA SP and DSP, which arrested the accused who confessed to their crime.
During interrogation, the accused told police that they clubbed Qaiser to death and buried the body in the house of Yaqoob Masih in Fazilia Colony.
Yaqoob and Bushra told the police that Qaiser’s two brothers were settled in Canada and Kuwait, and the accused thought they would pay the ransom, as they were rich.
They said they later feared that Qaiser would identify them after getting released, for which they murdered him.
On the other hand, accused Khurram told the media that the deceased was trying to develop relation with his sister, over which he decided to kill him.
Separately, a 70-year-old man was burnt alive in the Shahdara Town area on Friday.
The deceased was identified as Siddique, a resident of Ladhay Shah, Shahdara Town. According to rescuers, a fire broke out in a house due to gas heater. They said that Siddique was sleeping in the room at the time of the incident. His other family members remained safe, as they were sleeping in another room. Upon being informed, the firemen rushed to the scene and extinguished the fire.
Meanwhile, Factory Area police arrested four men and four women from a brothel on Friday.
Police said that they raided a brothel in the Punjab Housing Society and arrested the eight persons.
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