Feb 27, 2012
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Unidentified armed men abducted a Hindu trader in the restive Balochistan province of southwest Pakistan on Monday, police said.
Ashok Kumar was on way to his shop in Gandawa area of Jhal Magsi district when the men took him away to an unknown location on gunpoint.
Police registered a case and launched an operation to trace Kumar, officials said.
Kumar was the second Hindu trader to be abducted in Balochistan in a little over a fortnight.
On February 12, a trader named Sham Lal was kidnapped in Rashidabad area of Khuzdar district.
On February 2, police rescued yet another Hindu trader, Vijay Kumar, a day after he was kidnapped in Mastung district of Balochistan.
His abductors managed to escape.
In a separate incident, police in Mirpurkhas district of southern Sindh province today ordered an inquiry into an attempt to kidnap Hindu leader Seth Mangaram and his son Khoubchand, officials said.
Deputy Inspector General of Police Ghulam Haider Jamali took serious notice of the incident and directed an official to probe the matter and submit a report within three days.
The inquiry was ordered after the DIG received a complaint from Seth Lachmandas, a leader of the Hindu Panchayat.
Traders associations and Hindu businessmen of Balochistan have staged protests in several parts of the province over the past few weeks against recent incidents of kidnapping for ransom.
Scores of Hindu traders have either been targeted for extortion or kidnapped for ransom in Balochistan over the past two years.
Several Hindu families from the province have applied for asylum in India.
Source: DNA India