KARACHI: Senior police authorities in Karachi have suggested that the Dua Mangi kidnapping case be handled inside the Central Jail Karachi, only days after the primary suspect in the case escaped from detention.
On January 28, two police officers were remanded in police custody, and Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah ordered the suspension of Courts SSP Azam Durrani after it was revealed that the main suspect in the kidnapping of Dua Mangi had fled.
According to the incident’s first information report (FIR), Zohaib Ali Qureshi, one of the accused in the 2019 kidnappings, was brought before the court on Thursday. After the hearing, Qureshi and the police officers escorting him stopped at a mall where the accused “intended to shop,” but he disappeared.
The Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Prisons today wrote a letter to the Karachi Deputy Inspector General Prisons, stating that the accused were dangerous persons and that the trial should be held within the jail.
According to the letter, transporting the suspects to court poses security dangers, and the key suspect has already left due to the police’ carelessness. “As a result, it is asked that the trial be held within the jail with the authorization of the interior department,” it said.
Dua Mangi, 22, was taken outside a restaurant in the Defence Housing Authority (DHA) on November 30, 2019.
She was strolling with her companion, Haris Soomro, on a nearby street when the kidnappers drew up and threatened them both with a pistol. When the Soomro protested, he was slain by one of the kidnappers, who then snatched the young woman and escaped.
Following that, in January 2021, an anti-terrorism court (ATC) indicted five individuals, Muzaffar, Tariq, Zuhaib Qureshi, Waseem Raja, and Fayyaz Qureshi, for allegedly kidnapping Dua and demanding a ransom for her release.