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    Feb 10, 2015

    3 'federal agents' and driver stage kidnapping


    AN INDIAN national was kidnapped along the Duke Highway, with the bad guys ramming their car into a van and snatching their victim from the van after posing as federal agents.

    It was almost like a scene from a Bollywood movie. And, like any movie, it was all staged.

    Three workers of a shipment company posed as officers from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in India after conspiring with the van driver to kidnap their colleague and trick their boss into paying a RM100,000 (S$38,000) ransom.

    Sentul Officer in Charge of Police District R. Munusamy said that during the incident at 2.30pm on Jan 31, the driver was transporting three men in his van when the vehicle was rammed from behind by a Proton Perdana driven by his accomplices.

    The driver stopped the van in front of a school along the highway. The three male accomplices then approached the van and introduced themselves as CBI officers.

    They pretended to have a conversation with the driver and confiscated his identity card and licence as part of the act. They also took the passports of the three Indian nationals in the van.

    The accomplices then dragged their target, a 39-year-old Indian forwarding agent, into their car.

    When one of the victim's friends tried to stop them, one of the suspects threatened him with a toy gun.

    While the driver, who masterminded the whole scheme, lodged a police report, his accomplices called their boss some two hours later to demand a RM100,000 ransom.

    Assistant Commissioner Munusamy said that after negotiations, they agreed to a ransom of RM36,000.

    "The caller then instructed the boss to leave the money at a tree in Section 27, Shah Alam, some 500m away from the Alam Megah police station. He later received another call that the victim had been released," he said.

    "When police went to the spot with the employer and driver later, they found the victim safe. But they were puzzled as the bag of money was untouched.

    "As it turned out, the driver was to have collected the money, but he couldn't because his boss and the police were around."

    Police arrested two "CBI agents" in front of a cinema at a shopping mall in Ipoh a week later, while another was arrested in Taman Desa Coalfields, Sungai Buloh, on the same day.

    "We retrieved the phone that was used to call the employer. After further investigations, we arrested the driver, who turned out to be the mastermind, at Medan Bunus off Jalan Masjid India," said ACP Munusamy, adding that the four men were aged between 21 and 24.

    The "CBI agents" and the driver have been remanded.

    The case is being probed under Section 365 of the Penal Code for kidnap or abduction to wrongfully confine people.