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KARACHI: A doctor kidnapped three days ago was found murdered after the payment of ransom, officials said on Thursday.

Dr Sabir Beg’s body stuffed in a gunny bag was found near the power house in New Karachi late Wednesday night, according to Bilal Colony SHO Sajid Javed.

He said the doctor, said to be in his late 50s, was strangled to death. The body was handed over to relatives after an autopsy at the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital.

He was kidnapped on Tuesday and his motorcycle was found near Sakhi Hasan within the jurisdiction of the Taimuria police who also registered the case.

According to Taimuria SHO Ejaz Lodhi, the victim, resident of Samanabad, was a running private clinic in Bilal Colony, New Karachi.

“It may not be a purely kidnapping for ransom case,” said Citizens-Police Liaison Committee chief Ahmed Chinoy. He said the kidnappers were paid a ransom of Rs300,000 on Wednesday night. About an hour after the payment was made the body was found, he added. “This means the kidnappers had already killed the doctor when they received the ransom,” he argued.

CPLC deputy chief Najeeb Danewala said that the victim, an MBBS doctor, had married a homeopathic doctor, Ms Nazia.

According to Mr Danewala, initially the kidnappers had demanded Rs5 million ransom but kept negotiating with his family members until they finally agreed on Rs300,000. He said a CPLC-police team secretly escorted the person who was sent to the kidnappers four times to hand over the money but they (kidnappers) never exposed themselves warning the man that police were accompanying him. “This makes it clear that some insider was among the kidnappers,” he said.