13 Arrested in Two Kidnappings, Cops Find Remains Allegedly of Victim

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Police here have rescued a kidnap victim and arrested 13 individuals believed to be involved in the abduction.

However, they fear another victim who was also abducted by the same group may have been killed.

State CID chief Senior Asst Comm Kamaluddin Kassim said a decomposed male body was discovered in Pagoh after police interrogated the suspects, aged between 19 and 39.

A DNA test had been carried out to determine if the remains belonged to the other kidnap victim.

He said police first received a report from the parents of an 18-year old who said their son had been abducted in Skudai.

He said another case of an abduction was reported on Aug 19 when a man said his 18-year old son had also been kidnapped.

The case was reported in Paloh in Kluang.

“In both cases, a ransom demand was made,” he said, adding a police special task force to investigate the kidnappings was set up.

He said police believed both cases involved the same gang and efforts were made to track the group.

Kamaluddin said police managed to get a breakthrough in their investigations on Tuesday (Aug 21) when four men were arrested at a budget hotel along Jalan Wong Ah Fook in Johor Baru at 11.30am.

Following their arrest, police raided a house in Yong Peng in Batu Pahat at about 12.30pm and nabbed six more suspects.

Based on further information, police raided a house in Pagoh at 11.30pm the same day and detained another two male suspects.

They also managed to rescue one of the victims who had been locked up in one of the rooms.

However, police later found out that one of the suspects had fled to Singapore.

Kamaluddin said police immediately contacted their Singapore counterparts and the man was arrested soon after.

All 13 suspects have been remanded until Sept 1 to assist investigations under Section 3 of the Kidnap Act 1961 and Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.