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Last Updated: Tuesday, 24 October 2006, 20:29 GMT 21:29 UK
Six men arrested over 'abduction'
Javed Mukhtar
Javed Mukhtar will return home to Glasgow from Manchester
Six men have been arrested in connection with the alleged abduction of a shop owner from his home in Glasgow at gunpoint.

Businessman Javed Mukhtar, 58, was taken from his home in Pollokshaws in south Glasgow by three men at about 2330 BST on Friday, 29 September.

He was found at about 0200 BST on Tuesday after a police operation in Manchester, and taken to hospital.

Strathclyde Police said six men had been arrested on Tuesday evening.

The men - aged 50, 31, 27, 19, 18 and 17 - have been detained in police custody and are expected to appear in court on Wednesday.

A report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal.

I wish all the best to the family and his good health too
Mohammed Sarwar
Glasgow Central MP

Mr Mukhtar was praying with other members of his family when three masked men took him from his home.

His family said he was a "loving father" who had become a grandfather three weeks before his abduction.

He has since been released from hospital and is being reunited with his family.

Det Supt William Prendergast said: "This has been a particularly harrowing time for Mr Mukhtar's family and we are delighted that no harm has come to him.

"A huge amount of work was carried out behind the scenes throughout the last 25 days and officers worked tirelessly in this regard.

"I am very grateful to the dedication and commitment of all those involved."

Glasgow MP Mohammed Sarwar, who has known Mr Mukhtar for 35 years, said he was delighted at the news of his safe recovery.

Mr Sarwar, Labour MP for Glasgow Central, said: "It's very, very good news and I am delighted to hear this.

"I wish all the best to the family and his good health too.

"I am sure the community will be delighted to hear this.

"We must pay tribute to the police and all those who worked hard to find him."

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