Monday, April 11, 2011
"The kidnappers have released Garji and he has reached his house," a police official was quoted as saying. There was no confirmation of whether Garji was released after the payment of ransom or through the efforts of tribal elders of the area. Relatives of the religious leader too confirmed his release but did not give details.
Garji is a leading spiritual leader of the minority Hindu community in Balochistan. His abduction sparked protests in several parts of the province. Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani had directed authorities to ensure the safe recovery of the spiritual leader. Dozens of Hindus have been kidnapped for ransom in Balochistan over the past few months.