Wife is jailed for role in £300k fake kidnap
A MOTHER-OF-TWO who faked her own kidnap in order to extort £300,000 from her wealthy husband has been sentenced to four years and nine months in prison.
Hina Uroog ‘disappeared’ after dropping off her children at nursery and at school and could be heard screaming for help when her terrified husband, Rochdale businessman Sajad Ali, received a series of ransom demands.
But the plot was uncovered when Mr Ali alerted police, who set up a ‘sting’ and arrested the blackmailers at the rendezvous point.
At Manchester Crown Court Uroog, aged 26, her 23-year-old lover, Kashif Ahmed, and Liaqat Khan, aged 28, all admitted blackmail.
The two men also pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm and criminal use of a firearm.
Ahmed, of Thornley Road, Fallowfield, was sentenced to nine years imprisonment and Khan, of Highgate, Bradford, was handed a six-and-a-half year jail term.
On 16 May this year Mr Ali received a call from an unknown man telling him that Uroog, of Upper Lloyd Street, Moss Side, had been kidnapped.
He was told that she would be harmed if he did not pay £300,000 for her release. At this point Mr Ali called the police, but the kidnappers continued to call him over the course of the next two days.
They reinforced their demands, threatening to kill Uroog.
Following information given to Mr Ali by the ‘kidnappers’, officers went to Albert Road, Longsight, in the early hours of 19 May.
There they saw Uroog standing with an Asian-looking man. Officers got out of their car and a man, now known as Ahmed, ran off.
He was then spotted throwing an object into a garden and was arrested nearby.
Upon searching the garden, officers found a loaded Tokarev 7.62 pistol.
The area was sealed off and Khan was then discovered crouching behind a van on the driveway of a nearby house. After a violent struggle he was arrested and found to have two shotgun cartridges and a mobile phone in his pockets.
Officers then also found a sawn-off shotgun hidden under the van where Khan had been hiding.
Uroog was initially treated as a recovered hostage, but officers then saw her trying to dismantle a mobile phone and chewing her SIM card.
This phone was examined and officers discovered that there had been contact between this phone and the one recovered from Khan.
Detective Superintendent Tony Cook, who led the investigation, said: "This was an excellent police operation, which has ultimately led to some very dangerous people being taken off the streets.
"Just as importantly, a number of deadly firearms, which were capable of being fired, have been recovered and now taken out of circulation.
"This was a calculating and cynical attempt to extort money from an innocent victim who would have been terribly concerned for Uroog's welfare.
"That this diabolical plan failed is testament to the action of the victim who called the police and to the officers themselves who acted swiftly to arrest all those involved."