TOBA TEK SINGH: The Pirmahal police on Tuesday recovered the two minor children of a jeweller almost three weeks after they were kidnapped from outside their house at Makkah Block.
Faisalabad Commissioner Mahmood Bhatti, along with Regional Police Officer Ghulam Mahmood Dogar and District Police Officer Waqar Shoaib Bhatti, told a press conference that Aroosha Shoaib, 4, and Abdul Hanan Taimoor, 3, were playing outside their home on Sept 18 evening and disappeared.
Police, they said, conducted search operations in various areas, arrested 667 suspects and got hold of 125,249 mobile phones out of which they selected 1,953 to check every call. They said six investigation teams also worked tirelessly and resorted to geo-fencing.
They said police got a clue to the culprit through the two letters he wrote to the family in which Rs5 million were demanded as ransom. A team raided the rented house at Masjid Block and recovered the children from Kusloom Bibi and her daughter Hina Ijaz who were accomplices of suspect Qayyum Rashid, a resident of Upper Colony.
The government functionaries said the three people kept children for first five days after kidnapping at Darkhana (Khanewal), Shorkot (Jhang) and Mamoonkanjun (Faisalabad) and then shifted them to a rented house at Pirmahal. The prime suspect, they said, claimed that he would give chocolates and candies to children to eventually trap them.
The RPO announced Rs50,000 for head of each investigation team and the family gifted finger rings to each member of the six teams, the SHO, a DSP and the DPO. The Sarafa Association also announced cash prizes for police teams.