Police bust Facebook kidnap gang in Gujranwala

Published Sep 21, 2013 11:02pm
The gang, which included a lawyer, his wife, the son of a policeman and four others, was active in the industrial town of Gujranwala. – File Photo by Reuters
The gang, which included a lawyer, his wife, the son of a policeman and four others, was active in the industrial town of Gujranwala. – File Photo by Reuters

LAHORE: Pakistani Police on Saturday busted a gang using a female member to lure youngsters through Facebook and telephone calls and then kidnapping them for ransom, police said.

The gang, which included a lawyer, his wife, the son of a policeman and four others, was active in the industrial town of Gujranwala in central Punjab province and was traced by tracking phone calls.

“This gang of friends was using their female member to trap youngsters on Facebook and through phone calls,” Shoaib Khurram, a senior police official, told AFP.

“The girl was assigned to trap targeted young boys in fake love on Facebook and phone and then invite them for dates,” he said, adding that the other members would kidnap the boys when they came to meet her.

“So far, we have got verification about two boys who were trapped in fake love of this lady and were then kidnapped by this gang. Their families later paid ransom amounts worth millions of rupees to get them free,” he said.

Pakistan earlier this month cracked down on “immoral” love chat services offered by mobile phone companies, stifling hopes of illicit romance in the conservative Muslim country, where dating is frowned upon.

In 2010, Pakistan shut down Facebook for nearly two weeks over blasphemy and continues to restrict hundreds of online links.


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Shaukat Basit
Sep 21, 2013 11:54pm

Bravo Pakistani police,you deserve "Shabash" this time. Use technology and brains instead of "Cheeter" to apprehend and solve the crime. World has gone infinite forward to solve the crimes,train and copy them. Again "Shabash".

farhan
Sep 22, 2013 12:51am

Nowadays, Internet isn't secure for youth. Parents should teach their children first to how to use internet. As far as I'm concern, This is not first time I heard that kind of news. At least block all those sites, Which are harmful their children.

Imran
Sep 22, 2013 02:23am

Using social sites for networking are no doubt helpful in keeping contact with old friends and it is fun at times. But misuse of these social sites by criminals or by the people who misrepresent themselves in any way should be condemned and perhaps any legislation regarding fair or unfair use of such sites would help in countering these kinds of incidents in future. The most important thing is the role of parents and teachers to educate children and the young generation on the consequences they might have to face if they don't comply to one simple rule, that is "don't ever connect with the people whom you do not know outside social site" .

ahsan manzoor
Sep 22, 2013 06:37am

communication services are made cheaper during nights, what for? parents should keep track of their kids and government should take protective measures on phone as well as email communications

Khalid Butt
Sep 22, 2013 06:59am

Open the you tube it has all the educational material. Look at the good side of youtube. Millions in Pakistan goto dirty sites on google, would you ban google?