Outrage after armed assailants kill Hindu businessman, kidnap son in Quetta

     In yet another incident which showcases the plight of the minority Hindu community in Pakistan , a prominent trader was shot dead and his son kidnapped here by armed assailants. According to reports, Rajesh Kumar, a rice dealer, and his son Hamesh Kumar were near their shop situated on the Maddrasa Road of Satellite Town, when the unidentified men tried to abduct Rajesh's son. Rajesh offered resistance to the abductors during which they opened fire injuring him seriously, and took Hamesh with them. Rajesh was rushed to a local hospital where doctors declared him dead. Police officials have launched an investigation to probe the motive behind the abduction. "Four kidnappers, who were in Levies Force uniform, tried to kidnap the son of Hindu trader when he resisted as a result kidnappers opened fire on him," The Nation quoted a senior police official, as saying. Following the incident, a large number of businessmen and other people belonging to the Hindu community gathered outside the hospital and staged a protest against the government for failing to curb rising crime against Hindus in the provincial capital. "The incident of kidnapping for ransom is increasing with every passing day and people are being killed but government is reluctant to take action against the involved culprits," Rahim Kakar, President of Anjuman-i-Tajran Balochistan said.

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