Pakistani filmmaker Satish Anand, an uncle of Bollywood actress Juhi Chawla, has been freed by his abductors after 6 months in captivity in exchange for whopping Rs 16 million as ransom amount.
Anand was kidnapped from the southern port city of Karachi and was freed in Bannu district of the North West Frontier Province yesterday after prolonged negotiations over the payment of ransom.
Sources were quoted by Dawn newspaper as saying that he was released after the payment of Rs 16 million as ransom.
He was reportedly kidnapped by the outlawed Harkat-ul-Mujahideen, which is now headed by Ilyas Kashmiri.
Police claimed Anand was released by his abductors after one of their accomplices, Major (retired) Haroon-ur-Rasheed, was arrested in Punjab province. They said five other suspects had also been arrested.
Anand, who owns a film studio and had earlier served as chairman of Pakistan's Censor Board, was kidnapped on October 20 last year.