Agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Thursday busted a kidnap-for-ransom group victimizing Indians with the arrest of four members, including the Pakistani mastermind.
At a news conference, lawyer Max Salvador, head of the bureau’s National Capital Region (Metro Manila) Office, identified the four suspects as Zahr-Ahmed Chaudhry, a Pakistani; Joshi Tarun and Pradeep Kumar Sharma, both Indians; and Filipino Jimmy Cortez Isetan, brother-in-law of Chaudhry.
The kidnap group, composed of Indians and some Filipinos who were former policemen and soldiers, primarily operates in Cavite and nearby provinces.
NBI Director Virgilio Mendez said the group of Chaudry was responsible for at least six abductions, including one in Caloocan City (Metro Manila) and another two months ago in Tagaytay City (Cavite) where the victim’s family paid P4 million in ransom.
Victim Jujhar Singh, a businessman, narrated he was abducted last September 25 by unidentified men along Edison Street in Makati City (Metro Manila) while he was collecting loan payments.
Five kidnappers who were identified through their nicknames Bong, Balasik, Melvin Gerry and Ruben dragged the victim to a white Nissan Urban (AAP 1472), allegedly a rented car.
The next day, a caller who did not identify himself, was able to talk to the victim’s brother, demanding P20 million in exchange for the victim’s safe release.
The victim’s family sought the help of the NBI, which was able to track down Chaudhry and Isetan, eventually nabbing them in General Trias, Cavite, south of Metro Manila.
The two other Indian suspects were arrested in an operation in Manila.
Confiscated from the suspects were a .45 cal. pistol and a Beretta pistol issued by the Philippine National Police, cellular phones, vehicles and documents on kidnapping.
The victim was rescued from a safehouse in Banay-Banay, Cabuyao, Laguna, also south of Metro Manila, with his hands cuffed and feet shackled by the steel window of the house.
The rescue was effected without any exchange of gunfire and without payment of ransom.
From Makati City, the victim was brought by the kidnappers to Carmona, Cavite, and was transferred to a Toyota Fortuner (DIN 786).
He was then brought to Cabuyao where he was tortured and detained before the successful rescue last Thursday.