Three arrested in Pattaya for alleged kidnapping

Three arrested over alleged abduction of Indian men promised jobs in Canada

Police arrested two Indian men in Pattaya for allegedly kidnapping three compatriots for ransom and assaulting them.

Deputy national police chief Chalermkiat Srivorakhan told a press conference in Samut Prakan province on Wednesday that Qadeer Khan Mohammed and Syed Ahson Ali were apprehended at a rented house without a number in Pattaya Klang area, Chon Buri province, on Monday.

Following their release, the three victims contacted police, who were able to identify the suspects from footage from surveillance cameras at Suvarnabhumi airport. The footage showed the victims leaving the airport with the suspects on a pickup truck on July 7.

The victims were identified as engineer Shaikh Rajib Hossain and friends Sabbir Ahmed and Jiaul Hossain. They were lured by two alleged job brokers in India, who told them jobs were available in Canada, but said they needed to meet with job placement assistants at Suvarnabhumi airport en route to Canada.

Pol Gen Chalermkiat said that after landing, the three were taken to a house in Pattaya, detained, and told to raise 1.5 million baht from relatives in exchange for their freedom. They were assaulted with a baseball bat, a steel rod and electric shocks.

After receiving the money, the gang forced the victims to cross the border from Sa Kaeo province to Cambodia and released them about 500 metres from the border. There the victims sought help from a local taxi driver.

Pol Gen Chalermkiat also said that one suspect, Qadeer Khan Mohammed, ran a used car garage named G Motor in Muang district, Chon Buri. – Bangkok Post

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