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'Fake kidnappings' surge in Lahore to settle scores

Investigation data shared by Lahore Police revealed that around 63% of the cases registered against kidnapping in 2018 were fake.

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Deputy Inspector General of Lahore Police (DIG) Waqas Nazir said on Tuesday as many as 3,299 cases were registered against kidnapping during last year. However, at least 2,082 proved to be fake and were hence closed.

Nazir continued that police identified a surge in the trend of filing fake kidnapping cases over the last few days in the provincial capital. Fake cases were registered either for vested interests or to take revenge.

In most of the cases of 'kidnapping', the alleged victims had left home of their own free will and later returned or were recovered from their close relatives.


Due to these fake cases, the precious time of the police and resources of the government were wasted, the DIG added. Furthermore, the investigation of actual cases was also disturbed and affected due to these fake cases.

A few years ago, an alarming number of cases of abduction of children were reported in Lahore. It became the talk of the town that an organised kidnappers' gang had landed in the provincial metropolis. The belief at the time was that the kidnapped children were used for illegal organ transplantation and this spread much panic among the citizens

The investigations and data analysis show that the actual fraction of 'real' abduction cases was much lower when compared to the registered cases reported on social media.


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India's River Diversion Plan and South Asia's Waters

More dams are to come, as India’s need to power its economy means it is quietly spending billions on hydropower in Kashmir. The Senate report totted up 33 hydro projects in the border area with Pakistan. The state’s chief minister, Omar Abdullah, says dams will add an extra 3,000MW to the grid in the next eight years alone. Some analysts in Srinagar talk of over 60 dam projects, large and small, now on the books. (This special report has appeared in the Bulletin on Current Affairs - February 2012, you may have to Buy the print edition to read full story)

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