Four Peshawar policemen held over trader's illegal detention.

PESHAWAR -- The Hayatabad police have arrested their four personnel for allegedly kidnapping a trader, detaining him for several hours and trying to extort Rs5 million from him.

According to the police, the incident took place on Nov 5 and the first information report about it was registered on Wednesday after investigation.

The police said thatthe accused, including Shiraz, Fawad, Imran and Mujahid Shah, were part of the Ababeel Squad, a unit of the city police, and were taken into custody after identification by complainant Shahidullah, a flour dealer in Jamrud Bazaar of Khyber tribal district.

The Ababeel Squad was set up in 2021 to check street crimes.

SSP says after registration of FIR, departmental action also launched against accused

The complainant told police that he was held by the four Ababeel Squad personnel near the Malik Taj Market as he was travelling from Jamrud to the Karkhano Market in a taxi.

He said that the accused took mobile phones from him and the taxi driver and shifted them to a private place near the main Peshawar Development Authority building.

The complainant said thatthe police personnel kept them in illegal detention for several hours, threatening them with 'dire consequences' and demanded the payment of Rs5 million as extortion.

He also said thatthe accused snatched Rs110,040 currency notes and mobiles phones from him and the driver.

The trader said that the four police personnel had detained them at around 4pm and kept them in their illegal custody until 8:30pm before allowing to go away.

On the other hand, the city police said in...

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