Indian businessman abducted for P20-million ransom demand

An Indian businessman allegedly abducted by a kidnap-for-ransom (KFR) group was rescued by police and three of the suspects in his kidnapping killed in a shootout in this city the other day.

Kidnap victim Anial Kumar Sohal was rescued unscathed at an apartment prior to a checkpoint set up to intercept the vehicle carrying three of his alleged abductors at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Southwoods Toll Gate in Barangay San Francisco, here, said Laguna Police Provincial Office (PPO) Director Cecilio Ison Jr.

Joint operatives of the Anti-Kidnapping Group (AKG) and the Biñan City Police Station who were manning the checkpoint were allegedly fired upon by occupants of the blue Toyota Corolla, with license plates UMA-548, sparking a shootout, Ison said.

Killed in the exchange of gunfire were Inderjit Singh, alias “Goldie,” the alleged leader of the KFR gang; his neighbor Ferdinand Reyes; and one Rashper Singh.

Isol commended the operatives for having neutralized the suspects without injuring Sohal, who was also inside the car during the shootout.

It was learned that the suspects had just met Sohal’s brother, Anial, to receive a P935,000 initial payment for the kidnappers’ P20-million ransom demand.

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