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Death, life term awarded in kidnap, murder case

Death, life term awarded in kidnap, murder case

GUJRANWALA: The anti-terrorism court no.1 handed down on Saturday death sentence on two counts to accused Iftikhar Ahmad and life term on two counts to co-accused Kanwal along with fine worth Rs400,000 collectively in kidnap for ransom and murder case of a minor boy.

They will have to undergo six-month imprisonment in case of non-payment of fine. The court also ordered confiscation of all properties of Kanwal. The court acquitted suspect Shahzad by giving him the benefit of the doubt.

According to the prosecution, convicts kidnapped 12-year-old Hasnain, a class-VIII, from Civil Lines area in August last and demanded Rs1 million ransoms for his release. The captors received Rs150,000 from heirs, killed the boy and threw his body in Upper Chenab canal.

RESCUED: The CIA staff police claimed on Saturday to have rescued a three-year-old child who was kidnapped for ransom, and arrested the suspect.

Speaking at a news conference, City SP Tahir Maqsood Cheena said suspects identified as Ahsan Iqbal and Danyal of Bhattike, Wazirabad, kidnapped Muhammad Nawaz’s son Abu Hurara from Mujahidpura Peoples Colony on April 10. They demanded Rs2 million ransom for his release. The captors received ransom on Sialkot Road near Maulana Zafar Ali Khan Chowk and handed him over to the family. A party led by DSP Imran Abas Chaddher raided there and arrested them. CPO Waqas Nazir announced cash prize and commendation certificates for the party.

POOR PERFORMANCE: District Coordination Officer Azmat Mehmood has said that all district education officers and their deputies besides headmasters and teachers will be issued show-cause notices for poor performance of schools in Class-V and VIII exams organised by the Punjab Education Commission.

Reports said as many as 69 schools posted zero per cent result in annual examinations of class V and VIII.

At a meeting of education officers held on Saturday, the DCO expressed serious concern over the poor performance of the schools.

EDO (Education) Sohib Imran, district officer (education, secondary) Muhammad Iqbal and other senior officials attended the meeting.

COMPENSATION: The district consumer court on Saturday ordered marketing manager Asim Chohan to pay Rs55,000 compensation to poultry farmer Zulfikar Ali Shah of Kot Shahan for supplying him spurious vaccine for birds.

Zulfikar pleaded that his all birds died of disease as the marketing manager supplied him fake vaccine. He had claimed a loss of Rs900,000, but the court ordered payment of Rs55,000.

Published in Dawn, April 12th, 2015

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