The three-year-old daughter of a Hindu doctor couple in Pakistan was rescued by security agencies during an operation, which also left her four captors dead.
Mahi Sachdev, daughter of Sunil Sachdev was kidnapped last week and a ransom of rupees 50 million was demanded by her kidnappers, police said.
“Mahi had been taken away on July 13 by the family’s house servant Rano, from the doctors’ mess in Walika Hospital where her father and mother both doctors worked,” a senior police official said.
The gun battle also left five policemen and one employee of the Citizens-Police Liaison Committee wounded, Anti-Violent Crime Cell head SSP Niaz Ahmed Khoso told a press conference.
The family engaged the kidnappers in talks over the ransom amount which was scaled down to rupees 600,000 and it was agreed that the ransom would be paid near Kashif Centre locality in the port city, the Dawn newspaper reported.
A police team deployed there challenged when a kidnapper came to collect the ransom. In the ensuing encounter, the suspect sustained a single bullet in his abdomen, while his accomplices managed to escape in a car.
“The wounded suspect told the police that the girl was kept in Neelum Colony,” said Khoso. “He did not tell his name but only identified himself as Hindu. He died while being taken to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre,” he added.
The police later gunned down the three other kidnappers from a hideout in the congested Neelum Colony and recovered four Kalashnikovs and four pistols from their possession.