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Skeleton of man abducted a year before found in Hyderabad
Saturday June 1, 2013 6:00 PM, ummid.com & Agencies

The skeleton of a man, who was alleged to have been abducted by the Old city's loan sharks last year, was found in a nala near Rajendra Nagar. The discovery has shocked the family members who were waiting for his safe return.

Mohammed Abdur Raheem alias Iqbal (52), a resident of Sadat Nagar (Shaheen Nagar), was missing since August 31, 2012. The family members claimed that he was kidnapped by moneylenders and alleged that he had been killed by them.

Iqbal's elder brothers Dr. Mohammed Abdul Hameed, a retired Deputy Director Animal Husbandry, and Mohammed Abdul Naeem said they were informed of the discovery by Sub Inspector of Rajendra Nagar police station S Lakshman on May 30, according to the local media reports.

They said they had notified the police about the suspects Ramesh, Pandu Ranga Reddy and Sriram financers immediately after Iqbal was kidnapped. But police released them after simple interrogations.

Iqbal had worked abroad for several years. On his return, he purchased a lorry using the saved money and by borrowing the additional money from the financers. It is learnt that Ramesh and Pandu Ranga Reddy had introduced Iqbal with Sriram financers. One month before he was kidnapped Iqbal's lorry was gutted.

The family members are suspecting a nexus between the police and the moneylenders and want a probe into the incident.

According to police and other sources, there are about 10,000 financiers or moneylenders, mostly illegal , operating from the Old City. Their clients include autorickshaw drivers, petty traders, fruit vendors, daily wage earners.

The sources said often these money lenders are musclemen, many with police dossiers, known as pahelwans. These pahelwans operate through a network of agents, sub-agents , bookkeepers and collectors . In many cases, police are aware of their illegal businesses but turn a blind eye in return of "mamool or occasional financing of police events."



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