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Friday, February 20, 2009

Indian rescued from kidnappers in Zambales

Police rescued an Indian moneylender just hours after he was kidnapped by suspected members of the "Rigor" kidnap-for-ransom group in Barangay Siminublan, San Narciso, Zambales Thursday.

Three of the suspects were arrested and are now undergoing tactical interrogation at the Zambales police headquarters, said Senior Supt. Rolando Felix, director of the Zambales Provincial Police Office.

Felix declined to name the suspects but said the trio are members of the dreaded "Rigor" KFR gang, which has been linked to the kidnapping of a Pakistani national in Bataan.

Felix said Kurdip Singh, 33, a resident of Barangay Sta. Rita, Cabangan, Zambales, was reunited with his wife shortly after being rescued by policemen.

Singh was on board his motorcycle (HM-2063) while making rounds of his clients when he was snatched at gunpoint by a group believed to be preying on Indian nationals in Central Luzon.

The suspects forced the victim to board the vehicle and then drove off towards San Narciso town.

A motorist who witnessed the incident immediately called the police station and informed them about the kidnapping.

Felix said the victim's motorcycle was found abandoned by pursuing lawmen few meters from the place where he was abducted along the National Highway in Barangay Sindol, San Felipe town.

Nory Ann de la Cruz, wife of the victim, told police investigators she received a telephone call from an unidentified man informing her about the kidnapping. She said the person on the other end was asking a huge amount of cash as ransom in exchange for her husband's release.

Nory further said the caller warned her not to report the incident to the police.

Felix said residents informed pursuing cops of the presence of suspicious-looking armed men in the area. He said his men raided the suspects' hideout and safely rescued the victim.

Three of the suspects were able to escape while three others surrendered peacefully.

Late last month, suspected members of a KFR syndicate were arrested in Bataan including an Indian national believed to be the mastermind of the group.-Jess Malabanan - abs-cbnNEWS.com

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